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Public, private sectors join hands to take steps against fake news

  • October 26, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , p. 8
  • JMH Translation

On Oct. 25, an expert committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications agreed on the need for the public and private sectors to establish a forum for sharing information on measures against online fake news. The committee plans to compile a report later this year.

 

During a meeting, many experts said that from the perspective of freedom of expression, “the government shouldn’t go so far as to get involved in the content of online information.”

 

Meanwhile, the committee suggested a plan to regulate fake news by requiring social networking sites and other platform providers to announce their countermeasures against fake news.

 

A member of the committee said that online information is different from news reported by newspapers, TVs, and other media organizations, which clarify who is responsible for the news, and said, “The sources of online information need to be clarified so that readers can determine its authenticity.”

 

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