Facebook urged to step up fake news fight before UK election

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Select committee chairman Damian Collins says site does not act quickly enough and fake news could pose threat to ‘the integrity of democracy’

Facebook must improve its response to fake news before the UK general election and start blocking or issuing warnings about material that contains falsehoods, the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee has said.

Damian Collins said fake news could pose a threat to “the integrity of democracy” because large numbers of voters who relied on Facebook for their news could be misled.

The Conservative MP has held multiple meetings with Facebook in the UK and in the US over its fake news strategy, and he called on the company to start acting as strongly on the issue as it has pledged to act on child abuse images or copyright privacy.

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