UK News Media Association calls for ‘urgent investigation’ into Google, Facebook, and fake news

In its submission to the UK Culture, Media and Sport committee’s inquiry into fake news, The British News Media Association (NMA) calls for an ‘urgent investigation into the impact of Google, Facebook, and a digital advertising supply chain‘, as UK news outlets are ‘squeezed by the Facebook-Google duopoly and by new forms of digital advertising that very often bypass real news for fake’. In addition to an examination of their business models and other underlying issues of the digital advertising supply chain, the NMA urges the government to review the regulatory status of Google and Facebook as ‘mere intermediaries’.