Westminster Media Forum

Fake news - scope, public trust and options for policy

Morning, Thursday, 13th July 2017

Central London


With the issue of 'fake news' distribution becoming a central focus for publishers, digital platforms, advertisers and consumers, this seminar will consider next steps for industry and government. Sessions will analyse definitions of what constitutes 'fake news' - focusing on satire, misinformation, distortion, context, bias or clickbait - in order to consider underlying motivations, signposts to readers and promoting credited journalism online. Delegates will also examine the responsibility of content hosts - particularly social media platforms - for strengthening verification processes and banning sites known to be false; how advertisers can gain greater control of where their brand messages appear online to remove the financial incentives of publishing misinformation; and how greater media literacy amongst consumers can be promoted to help inform their growing role as content distributors across social channels.

Guest of Honour

Patrick Walker

Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, Facebook

Guest of Honour

Patrick Walker

Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, Facebook

Keynote Speakers

Matt Tee

Chief Executive Officer, IPSO

Jonathan Heawood

Chief Executive Officer, IMPRESS


Baroness Wheatcroft


Anna Belkina

Director of Communications, RT

Julian Coles


Paul Stokes

Co-Founder and Publisher, The Daily Mash

Dan Brooke

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Channel 4

Eitan Jankelewitz

Partner, Sheridans

Dr Martin Moore

Director, Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, Policy Institute, King’s College London

Dr Laura Sophie Dornheim

Head of Public Affairs, Adblock Plus

Matthew d’Ancona

Author and Political Columnist

Sarah Hall

Managing Director, Sarah Hall Consulting and President-Elect, CIPR