Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Patricia Gibson Patricia Gibson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to tackle disinformation.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Government takes the issue of misinformation and disinformation very seriously.

The DCMS-led Counter Disinformation Unit is leading work to tackle this, bringing together monitoring and analysis capabilities across government and working with a range of partners, including social media platforms.

Our Online Safety Bill will force companies to tackle misinformation and disinformation. However, we expect companies to take steps now to improve safety, and not wait for the legislation to come into force before acting.

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