“fake news” has become something of a recent phenomenon with the rise of social media
Although it was coined in the noughties, the term “fake news” has become something of a recent phenomenon with the rise of social media.
Collins Dictionary named it “word of the year” for 2017, with their lexicographers recording a 365% increase in its use. Some may say this increase is driven by US president Donald Trump, for whom it is a frequent feature.
But, however you view the term, cutting through the growing stream of misinformation found online is a growing challenge for Europeans. This is why the European Commission is launching a citizen survey to find ways to combat fake news and misinformation.
A press statement from the commission representation in Luxembourg says that access to good quality news and information is “fundamental for our democracy”.
The consultation done by questionnaire is for citizens and especially people working in media and aims to gather views on the kinds of measures which can be taken at European level to promote reliable and verified news.
To take part, click on the questionnaire relevant for you.