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Tell the Government: Harm Is Harm

The Government say they will introduce a new regulator for social media companies used by the public – like Facebook and Twitter. This is to combat the spread of online extremism and “fake news”, among other things.

 

But what about the newspapers, and news websites?

 

The Government wants them to be exempt – despite the fact that they publish fake news and extremist material too. And the government still hasn’t introduced independent regulation for the press, which they promised over five years ago.

 

This means that what the Government is proposing is that your Tweets and Facebook posts should be regulated – but the press shouldn’t be. We think that’s wrong.

 

But we aren’t surprised. Only last year, the Government announced they would cancel the Public Inquiry into police and press corruption, which followed lots of private meetings between the Government and newspaper representatives.

 

Follow the link below to tell the Government:

  1. Harm is harm.  If Twitter and Facebook should be regulated, then so should the news publishers.
  2. Newspapers and news websites must be independently regulated to protect the public.  You promised it in 2013. Now do it.
  3. End the secret lobbying between newspaper representatives and the Government: publish the minutes of any discussion of media policy at any such meetings, and promptly and accessibly publish the details.

 

We have drafted a response which makes all of these points, in a way which addresses how the consultation paper is written.  But feel free to edit at as much as you like.

  Department for DCMS





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