UK Parliament to Launch ‘Fake News’ Inquiry; Cites Threat

UK Parliament to Launch ‘Fake News’ Inquiry; Cites Threat
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSJAN. 30, 2017, 7:00 A.M. E.S.T.

(NY Times)- LONDON — A British parliamentary committee is launching an inquiry into the spreading “fake news” phenomenon.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee probe begins Monday. It will study “the widespread dissemination, through social media and the Internet” of phony news stories.

Committee chairman Damian Collins says the trend is a “threat to democracy” that undermines public confidence in the media.

He called on major tech companies to do more to prevent the spread of fake news on their platforms.

Concerns about bogus stories have risen since the U.S. presidential election, during which fake news stories garnered wide attention.