Politicians in Europe are still arguing about what fake news is and what to do about it

A new survey conducted by Censuswide suggests that citizens have been turning towards traditional high-quality media outlets since the spread of fake news became a topic of public interest. According to the results of the study, 75 percent of respondents reach out to “credible” sources because of the presence of disinformation online. Moreover, 26 percent associate “fake news” with“social media platforms.”

The French Constitutional Council published its opinion on the law against misinformation drafted by President Emmanuel Macron’s government earlier this year.

While recognizing the need for new legislative measures to combat the growing threat of online misinformation, the council specified that new legislation should exclusively target fake news that is “intentionally spread.”

Following the council’s opinion, the French Parliament is expected to discuss the bill by June. Meanwhile, the Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen discussed the issue of disinformation in Strasbourg together with the law’s rapporteur Bruno Studer. Both insisted that, besides regulatory measures, “media literacy will play a fundamental role” in the future of the battle against fake news.

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