European Parliament: Elections

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Independent, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of disinformation in the media on the integrity of the 2019 European Parliament elections.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

We have seen no evidence of successful interference in UK democratic processes, but we are not complacent. The Online Harms White Paper sets out our expectations for tech companies to take proportionate and proactive measures to minimise the spread of misleading and harmful disinformation.

The Government is working closely with industry, civil society and international partners to do what is necessary to prevent the use of online disinformation to undermine our democratic values and processes. Ahead of the European Parliament elections DCMS has been working closely with analytical teams across government and beyond to monitor for any disinformation campaigns so that we can be ready to respond to them quickly and effectively.

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