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Fake News Observatory

Our Ongoing Campaign 

Polis Analysis has been campaigning to build awareness of the threat of fake news, misinformation and disinformation to democracy and public health, as well as for UK policy makers to adopt the solutions we have researched to mitigate the threat. 

Our campaign has focussed on how young people, who disproportionately consume news on social media compared to other age groups, are particularly vulnerable to harmful fake news content online. 

As part of our campaign to fight fake news, Polis Analysis has submitted evidence to the UK Parliament on the need to take legislative action to tackle online misinformation. We have undertaken our own independent research on this vital issue and have raised awareness by publishing in national media and delivering talks at universities. 

Polis Analysis is partnering with like-minded organisations that share our core belief that people must be empowered with the facts, not fake news. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our campaign to fight fake news, either as a partner or to enquire about joining our Fake News Research Unit. 

Campaign Activity

14. März 2023

The Government is Announcing £20m of Funding for BBC World Service to Tackle Disinformation

The Polis Analysis team is happy to see that –  as part of the investments into safeguarding the UK from outside forces –  disinformation is seriously being seen as a legitimate threat to the security and stability of our society.

28. Feb. 2023

The Fight Against Misinformation, Disinformation, and Fake News Is Just Beginning: Interview with Polis Founder Thomas Barton

It is the long-term threats that we need to be most concerned about – every day, we are feeling the corrosive impacts of misinformation, but its effect on society and democracy will only fully show in the longer term.

16. Jan. 2023

Briefing to Members of Parliament:
Strengthen the Online Safety Bill to Tackle Misinformation

Dear Member of Parliament, the Online Safety Bill presents a unique opportunity to tackle harmful content online and protect vulnerable people including children.

13. Jan. 2023

The Government Can No Longer Ignore the Dangers of Fake News

The widely debated Online Safety Bill might soon be enacted into UK law. However, it unfortunately overlooks one very covert, but crucial form of harmful online content: fake news.

12. Jan. 2023

Briefing on the Threat of Online Misinformation

Whilst all referring to different aspects of a broader issue, it is important to recognise the terms fake news, misinformation and disinformation are often used interchangeably.

9. Jan. 2023

Public Statement on Education Reform

Last week Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced to make maths lessons compulsory for all students up to 18. However, we believe that the Government is missing a huge opportunity for additional reform to the education curriculum.

21. Sept. 2021

Online Safety Bill: Written evidence submitted by Polis Analysis (OSB0108)

We submitted evidence to the pre-legislative parliamentary scrutiny committee calling for a holistic approach to tackling online misinformation.

16. Dez. 2020

Youth Are Not Immune From Fake News

While misinformation – ‘fake news’ – is often seen as a generational problem, such a simplification is both dangerous and deceptive.

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