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European Policy, Free Expression

CDT’s Response to EC ‘Fake News’ Consultation

On 23 February, CDT filed its response to the European Commission’s Consultation on Tackling ‘Fake News’. In our comments we make a number of observations. First, we point out that there is no consensus on a definition of the concept of fake news, which the consultation document acknowledges. Second, there is a need to gather credible evidence about what material exists fitting the description, and any impact it may have. Third, one essential piece is missing from the Commission’s consultation document: the acknowledgement that the ‘fake news’ issue is now top of the political agenda due to the Russian regime’s deliberate, sustained and increasingly well-documented strategy to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Finally, the questionnaire seeks input on what civil society should do to meet the challenges discussed in the consultation.