Congratulations to @RAE_Stephen. Journalism goes to the heart of who & what we are as Irish people. Fake news will only be combatted by strengthening & supporting quality journalism.This appt means Ireland is well placed in Europe to contribute to the debate on tackling fake news
— Denis Naughten (@DenisNaughten) January 13, 2018
From top: Stepehen Rae; Tweet from Minister for Communications Denis Naughton
Stephen Rae was invited by the commission to join the group, which will advise the European Commission on all issues in relation to the spread of false information across traditional and social media, and how to cope with the consequences.
The group’s first meeting will take place in Brussels next Monday.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Rae said: “We have seen the widespread damage that can be done by the wilful dissemination of false information on social media platforms.
“I look forward to meeting and exchanging views with my colleagues on the Expert Group as we advise the European Commission on dealing with this complex challenge, which has major social and political consequences for citizens.”
A reminder of how garda puppets #PaulWilliams his boss @RAE_Stephen and INM led the media campaign of #FakeNews against brave whistleblower #MauriceMcCabe. How can @JunckerEU @EU_Commission stand over their @RAE_Stephen appointment? It is an insult to every citizen of the EU pic.twitter.com/SSlBmNC2ip
— Gemma O’Doherty (@gemmaod1) January 15, 2018
Previously: Meanwhile, On Denisty
We need to find a balanced approach between the freedom of expression, media pluralism and a citizens' right to access diverse and reliable information.
— European Commission (@EU_Commission) January 15, 2018