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Social Media: Standards

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL13477, tabled on 5 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to work with social media companies to help improve online fact-checking mechanisms.

Answered on

13 February 2019

The Government is committed to maintaining a news environment, both online and offline, where accurate content can prevail. We regularly meet with the major social media companies to discuss their progress in tackling disinformation on their platforms including their use of fact-checking mechanisms.

We are exploring options for addressing disinformation in the Online Harms White Paper, to be published shortly. The White Paper will set out legislative and non-legislative measures to tackle a wide range of harms and set clear responsibilities for social media companies to protect their users.