The Hill will host a panel discussion on how to stop fake news from infiltrating social media platforms in a new podcast series called “Fake News: What We Can Do To Stop It.”
The panelists will share tips on how people can spot and prevent fake news and how social media can be used to improve the quality of reporting and debate.
“We are now at a point where social media has become the dominant way to disseminate news and information,” said Andrew Bierman, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who moderated the discussion.
“So it’s critical to understand the kinds of things that can be found on social media.”
The topic is expected to be a key topic of conversation for the panelists.
“I’ve been hearing for some time that fake news is really getting more widespread, and that people are increasingly finding ways to spread it,” said Alex Jones, a prominent conspiracy theorist who is one of the panel’s co-hosts.
“And the idea that the mainstream media is trying to stop it is laughable.
They’re doing everything they can to make it look like there’s a problem.”
The panel will explore how to identify fake news on social platforms, identify fake accounts and find sources that share the same misinformation as real ones, including news outlets and social media accounts that appear to be affiliated with fake news sources.
The panel’s discussion comes at a critical moment for the media, where the Trump administration has proposed a rule that would allow government agencies to block or limit news content from social media sites.
The rule has not been fully vetted by the White House, but it has been viewed as a potential tool to combat fake news.
It is the latest move by Trump to clamp down on social and traditional media platforms that were used to spread the birther conspiracy that was debunked.
Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would require federal agencies to ban or restrict news from news sources and websites.
Trump also plans to sign another executive order on Friday that would restrict the dissemination of fake news online.
A new round of social media censorship rules was signed into law in the House by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a former CIA officer.
The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 78 to 24.
The House measure is the first step in a larger plan by the Trump White House to tighten the rules on the use of social and digital media to combat misinformation.
The White House is expected take up social media regulation on Thursday, after a daylong meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday.
The agenda includes plans to limit the spread of misinformation online, strengthen cybersecurity and boost reporting on cybersecurity threats.
“There are going to be some very tough questions asked of us by the next administration, but they are going take it one step at a time,” said Josh Earnest, the White Trump aide who is in charge of the administration’s communications strategy.
He added, “I think it is clear that the president believes that the way to fight fake news, to fight misinformation, is to make sure that we have an accurate and transparent process for vetting all of that information.”