Defining online falsehoods

A key question asked of the Select Committee at the hearings had to do with how deliberate online falsehoods would be defined.

During the exchanges, committee members gave a hint of what factors could be considered in defining it: the deliberate intent of the person or organisation spreading the information; that it appears on an online platform; that it is demonstrably false; and has a significant impact, such as affecting national security or racial and religious harmony.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Defining online falsehoods'. Print Edition | Subscribe