How Can the Law Regulate Removal of Fake News?

Publication Date: 
11 February 2019
Scottish Society for Computers and Law
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Professor Chris Marsden and Dr Trisha Meyer summarise the recommendations for regulating fake news set out in their report presented to the European Parliament.

Written evidence of disingenuous or ‘fake news’ is as old as the cuneiform tablets of Hammurabi. Technological solutions risk threatening freedom of speech and media pluralism. The problem has become far more visible and arguably acute online; social networks such as Facebook, Youtube and WhatsApp allow information, authentic or otherwise, to spread globally and instantly.