Policy

Misinformation and disinformation cause real harm to people’s lives, health, finances and to democracy. We work with policy makers to look at the ways they can ensure good information is available, easy to find, and understood; and what can be done to tackle misinformation and disinformation without harming free speech.

Providing good information during the coronavirus outbreak

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Full Fact is providing MPs with regular briefings on our work tackling misinformation, on social media and beyond. 

  • 16 July 2020: Looking in detail at important issues such as Covid-19 inequality, debunking coronavirus cures and tracking online misinformation across five countries
  • 3 June 2020: Looking at what research can tell us about trust in health information, how we seek corrections and some of the latest claims we've checked
  • 1 May 2020: Covering claims about a government-run network of fake NHS Twitter accounts, vaccine trials and seasonal workers' jobs
  • 17 April 2020: Discussing claims linking 5G and coronavirus, help for victims of domestic violence and what questions the public are asking about Covid-19
  • 30 March 2020: An overview of viral posts on social media, misleading information in the press and outlining our efforts to stop bad information online

Policy reports

In April 2020, Full Fact published its first annual report, Full Fact Report 2020: Fighting the causes and consequences of bad information.

In 2018, we published a major policy report on misinformation and disinformation, Tackling Misinformation in an Open Society: what to do when the cure might be worse than the disease.

Letters and submissions

  • October 2020: Full Fact submitted evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Chief executive Will Moy was invited to give oral evidence to the committee in a session that took place on 24 November
  • September 2020: Full Fact submitted evidence to Labour's consulation Our Digital Future
  • September 2020: Full Fact submitted evidence to the European Commission's consultation on the Digtial Services Act
  • July 2020: Full Fact raised concerns about the way in which statistics about coronavirus testing are being presented and communicated to the public, in a letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation
  • June 2020: Full Fact submitted evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee's inquiry into preparedness for Covid-19 (coronavirus) 
  • May 2020: Full Fact submitted evidence to the House of Lords Communication and Digital Committee's inquiry on the future of journalism
  • April 2020: Full Fact submitted evidence to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's online harms and disinformation inquiry 
  • October 2019: Full Fact submitted evidence to the House of Lords Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee
  • September 2019: Full Fact wrote to MPs and peers warning that the government must urgently update election laws to tackle the threat of interference and disinformation campaigns.
  • August 2019: Full Fact wrote to the Head of the Government Communications Service, asking for a public explanation of the governance of the planned £100m public information campaign on preparing for a no-deal Brexit 
  • July 2019: Full Fact responded to the government's Online Harms White Paper consultation 
  • July 2019: Full Fact and 11 other organisations published a joint letter to the Secretary of State about the National Data Strategy consultation, asking for urgent action in seven key areas. We received a response on 20 August.
  • July 2019: Our evidence was quoted in the report of the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Governance of Official Statistics
  • March 2019: Chief Executive Will Moy gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Governance of Official Statistics 

Panel membership

 

For more information on our policy work, please contact our policy managers Nicola Aitken, Rebecca Hill or Cassie Staines. We'll be adding more of our past policy work to this page over time.

Full Fact fights bad information

Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. You deserve better.