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U.S. Lawmaker Joins Global Investigation of Social Media

Investigating spread of disinformation and “fake news”

Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island is the first American lawmaker to join a group of global officials investigating the social media spread of disinformation and “fake news.”

The International Grand Committee on Disinformation and "Fake News" now comprises lawmakers from a dozen countries aggressively examining the role of social media, in particular Facebook, in efforts to influence elections and culture. 

"This is a problem that transcends borders, and it requires multinational cooperation to craft solutions that foster competition and safeguard privacy online," Cicilline said. "I look forward to joining the International Grand Committee as part of its historic effort to identify problems in digital markets and chart a path forward that leads to a better online experience for everyone." 

Later in his statement, he said the internet has “become concentrated, less open, and growingly hostile to innovation.”

Sources: CBS News, Bloomberg
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