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Stephan Lewandowsky discusses 'fake news' at the House of Commons

Steve Lewandowsky at the House of Commons

Press release issued: 24 January 2018

Steve Lewandowsky from the School of Experimental Psychology told MPs that they could bring in laws to prevent fake news appearing on social media platforms.

Professor Steve Lewandowsky visited the House of Commons on Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

Steve's visit was to speak with MPs about the power they have to stop fake news appearing on Facebook and other social media platforms. He mentioned that they could bring in laws to prevent anything that amounts to "hate speech" - a move already undertaken by law-makers in Germany. 

Speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, he said that: "As legislators you do have the tools to regulate those giants - Facebook, Google, Twitter or whatever - to do things a certain way, and we know that can work, because I believe one in six of Facebook's moderators now work in Germany - they have to, because the Germans passed the hate speech legislation that requires Facebook to remove offending content within 24 hours." 

The full discussion can be found on the Parliament Live website.  

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