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Fake news, manipulation and disinformation: how to fight and protect ourselves against it ?


November 25, 2022, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm – Discussion forum in the Senate

In recent years, internet use, and more specifically the use of social media, has taken off at an unprecedented rate. People come into contact with each other much more through social media. They exchange information and opinions, so that social media contribute to a further democratization of our society, whereby existing power structures are broken open.

But there is also a downside. Fake news, false information and even manipulation of images, news and sound are becoming a tool that is deliberately used to educate people and influence and manipulate society.

Phenomena such as disinformation and deepfakes are increasingly present in the media, but also in politics, on a national and international level. hiding in this major dangers of radicalisation, polarization and influence by both foreign governments as extremist groups that pose a threat to our society.

How can one counteract these strategies of disinformation and fake news in this context? What room for maneuver do political authorities have, both at national and European level, in particular in the light of the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act? What prevention and information policy can be implemented in the field?

Several speakers, journalists and experts will be present to discuss these questions with the participants.

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