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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Independent, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the circulation of fake content online.

Photo of Matt Warman Matt Warman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Online Harms White Paper set out the Government's plans for world-leading legislation to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. We intend to establish a new statutory duty of care on companies towards their users, overseen by an independent regulator, to ensure companies have appropriate processes in place to deal with harmful content on their service, and keep their users safe. Disinformation is one of the harms proposed to be in scope of the regulator.

The White Paper also set out a commitment for Government to develop a new online Media Literacy Strategy. The strategy will help citizens to think critically about the content that they are consuming, and to better identify disinformation online.

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