Facebook and Google should be overseen by new media watchdog to stop ‘fake news’ – report

Online giants including Facebook and Google should be overseen by a new media watchdog to combat the spread of fake news on the internet, a report prepared for ministers recommended on Monday night.
Bosses at the tech firms need to accept their responsibility for promoting “news quality” rather than pushing “sensationalist headlines to generate a higher number of clicks” by computer users, according to the research.
And ministers should consider direct grants of taxpayers cash or new tax reliefs to local newspapers to protect democratic scrutiny in communities across the country. The proposals were among a series of recommendations for tackling declining trust in the media put forward in a report into the long-term survival of high-quality journalism released on Monday night…read more

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