Talking Europe

Fake news fightback: Should and could disinformation be banned ?

You can call it misinformation, spin, or more recently, fake news. The phenomenon that’s become an obsession in the era of social media is – for French President Emmanuel Macron - a "virus" that "exposes our people to irrational fear and imaginary risks". He’s not the only worried leader. British PM Theresa May has announced a rapid response unit to combat fake news spread by foreign powers.


Meanwhile, the EU is checking its options as politicians worry about the impact of disinformation on next year’s European elections. So does fake news present a real danger, or is it a bogeyman that could be exploited to curb our civil liberties? We’ll discuss all this with the head of communications at the European Parliament, then debate the options with two MEPs. First though, we'll take a look at the some of the best (or perhaps worst) fake news stories from the last few months.

A programme presented by Catherine Nicholson

Produced by Isabelle Romero and Roxane Runel

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