Select Committee hearings on fake news | From The Gallery

Trust between government, people key in fighting fake news problem

Willing audience of disaffected citizens the most difficult problem in tackling issue

Three speakers at yesterday's Select Committee hearing identified what they saw as a key problem in the fight against deliberate online falsehoods: Whether in the United States, France or Latvia, it is a willing audience of disaffected and disenchanted citizens that makes fertile ground for its spread.

Associate Professor Kevin Limonier of the French Institute of Geopolitics at the University of Paris 8 said Russian propaganda in France and Europe was just a symptom of a wider problem: "There is an audience for this kind of content... So, it is basically most of all an internal problem. Russians are just exploiting the weaknesses of our democracies."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Trust between govt, people key in fighting fake news problem'. Print Edition | Subscribe