Facebook and Twitter face sanctions if they fail to help ‘fake news’ inquiry

The chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, which is conducting an inquiry into “fake news”, has given the social media giants until January 18 to hand over information the committee has requested.

Damian Collins said that if they fail to comply, the committee will consider sanctions that could be imposed, such as encouraging the advertising industry to withdraw business on “ethical” grounds.

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