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'Fake news' inquiry - evidence submitted

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy and expert advice

Alexander Xavier Douglas - Consultant

Katherine Jane Hawley - Consultant

Submission to the Committee, which invited written submissions addressing the following points:

- What is 'fake news'? Where does biased but legitimate commentary shade into propaganda and lies?

- What impact has fake news on public understanding of the world, and also on the public response to traditional journalism? If all views are equally valid, does objectivity and balance lose all value?

- Is there any difference in the way people of different ages, social backgrounds, genders etc use and respond to fake news?

- Have changes in the selling and placing of advertising encouraged the growth of fake news, for example by making it profitable to use fake news to attract more hits to websites, and thus more income from advertisers?
19 Apr 2017

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