President Barack Obama on Thursday called on federal agencies to end “fraudious” fake news articles on their websites.
The White House said it was creating a task force to review “the practice of fake news” and take steps to stop them from continuing to exist.
Fake news is a growing problem across the political spectrum.
In the last year, fake news accounts have spread fear and anxiety through social media, as well as in news stories published by major newspapers and online publications, as the United States grapples with the Ebola pandemic and a new era of presidential control.
Obama has urged his administration to “get tough on fake news,” and he is expected to issue a broad executive order this week to impose a series of new restrictions on the online distribution of news.
He said the president would create a taskforce to review the “practice of fake to help us figure out ways to stop it from spreading” and ensure that “fake news doesn’t have the same impact on our democracy.”
The new policy will also require agencies to publish a daily report on the “distribution of misinformation and hoaxes.”
Fake news has long been a concern among journalists.
The practice is also common on the Internet, where it is easy to spread false information.
Last year, for instance, news sites published misleading stories about the election and other topics that could have been debunked.
At the time, the fake news sites were owned by a company that also owns the Daily Mail, the tabloid newspaper in Britain.
In a statement, the Trump administration said it would “work to eradicate these kinds of fraudulent and deceptive content, including on social media platforms and other news sources.”
The White Department said it has been working with media companies to “address this problem.”
“We are confident that this policy will not only help to protect our nation’s citizens and the integrity of our democracy, but also provide real solutions to this important issue,” the statement said.
“We recognize that the threat of fake and fraudulent content is real, and we will do everything we can to combat it.”