Take Action Or Face Sanctions! Remoaner MP Threatens Facebook And Twitter
Remoaner Damian Collins MP, who chairs the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which is currently investigating so-called “fake news”, has told both Facebook and Twitter they must ‘take action’ against ‘Foreign Intervention’ supporting Brexit with so-called ‘fake news’.
He told The Guardian:
“There has to be a way of scrutinising the procedures that companies like Facebook put in place to help them identify known sources of disinformation, particularly when it’s politically motivated and coming from another country.”
“They need to be able to tell us what they can do about it. And what we need to be able to do is say to the companies: we recognise that you are best placed to monitor what is going on your own site and to get the balance right in taking action against it but also safeguarding the privacy of users.
“But what there has to be then is some mechanism of saying: if you fail to do that, if you ignore requests to act, if you fail to police the site effectively and deal with highly problematic content, then there has to be some sort of sanction against you.”
He has given both companies until the 18th January to comply. However, there is no evidence to support Mr Collins statements. An Oxford University study found Russia-linked Twitter activity before the Brexit referendum was “minimal” with a “not significant” 105 accounts mentioning the referendum. Mr. Collins’ own committee heard evidence that just one Russian account spent cash promoting tweets in the six weeks before the referendum, buying up just six ads.
The question has to be then asked, why now? Is it because the social media campaign against a sell-out deal being pushed by an unrepresentative Parliament is gathering pace? I would argue that this looks very much look like an out-of-touch Parliament panicking and trying to suppress the truth.