UK parliamentary committee proposes tax on fake news

A British parliamentary committee is proposing to fight fake news by charging Internet companies, such as Facebook, Google or Twitter, and giving them a new corporate status to reinforce their responsibility.

“We are facing a crisis in the use of data (on the internet) and the manipulation of our personal information,” says the House of Commons Committee on Digital, Culture and Media (DCMSC) in a report to be released Sunday, but leaked on the internet.

“In this fast-changing digital world, our current legal framework is no longer appropriate,” says the commission, which in recent months has conducted numerous hearings to measure the phenomenon of “fake news” and evaluate its impact on recent polls in the UK.

“Despite the concerns, companies like Facebook have made it easier for developers to recover data (from users) for use without their consent,” said committee chairman Damian Collins.

“Facebook, and other platforms must start to be accountable,” said the commission, issuing a series of recommendations to the UK government.

The DCMSC proposes to create a “new category of business” in order to “strengthen the responsibility” of these companies and to prevent them from evading it by claiming to be only “platforms” hosting content.

Another suggestion was the creation of a tax, paid for by these same companies, which would both strengthen the resources of the British regulator for the protection of personal data, the ICO, but also finance programs for learning. of digital culture.

“Digital literacy should be the fourth pillar of education, along with reading, writing and math,” says the commission.

Mr Collins also complains that the companies concerned wanted to “blur the waters” in the way they responded to the commission.

The commission asks “once again” Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to come and speak in front of her “to answer the many questions to which Facebook has not responded satisfactorily so far”. Invited for the first time in March, the young American billionaire had preferred to send one of his deputies.

Anna Felder

Anna Felder is a seasoned journalist with nearly 9 years experience. While studying journalism at Penn State,  Anna found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Times Records, Anna mostly covers human interest pieces.

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Anna Felder is a seasoned journalist with nearly 9 years experience. While studying journalism at Penn State,  Anna found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Times Records, Anna mostly covers human interest pieces.

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