MPs Warning Regarding The Fake News
After the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) Committee has been on the mission of investigating fake news and disinformation. The initial report will be having MPs suggesting that the industries related to the social media should go through strict and tough rules and regulations or a new tax. The report also offers steps to fight the interference of elections. The report of the MPs becomes ready following months of investigation of the effects of technology on the people, and how they are impacted by the emergence of the false news and fake information on the social media.
The report also queried the role of Russia in impacting voters in the EU referendum. Electoral commission says that Vote Leave broke the electoral law, and that its targeted adverts exposed. The report of the committee was to come out officially on Sunday. But the director of the official Brexit campaign group Vote Leave, Dominic Cummings, leaked the copy of the report on Friday by publishing it on his own blog. Afterwards, he was questioned and officially called to participate in the inquiry to give responses to the allegations made contrary to the Vote Leave campaign, but Cummings didn’t accept, calling the report “fake news.” The leaked report said that according to the MPs, there’s a threat to the democracy and so this is the time to act. “Relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views, which play to the fears and prejudices of people, in order to influence their voting plans” was much highlighted by the committee. The report is anticipated to be very hard and critical of Facebook which, after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, has been under great inspection.
The committee recommends that the sites related to the social media must be held accountable for the harmful material on their services. The companies like YouTube and Facebook have frequently stated that they are merely a platform, and not a publisher. They have maintained that they are not accountable for the material people post on the different social sites. It is probable that the report of the committee would say that the companies won’t be able to keep themselves away due to this claim. It would also state that the electoral law requires to be upgraded to mirror the modifications in the campaigning methods. Some suggestions will be given like forming a public register for radical advertisements, social media sites must be considered accountable, and the electoral fraud fines must be enhanced.