Why Macron's 'conspiracy theory' commission has already lost credibility

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On September 29th 2021 the Élysée officially unveiled a new commission to help fight against conspiracy theories and disinformation. Officially called the 'Enlightenment in the digital age' commission, President Emmanuel Macron wants it to champion science, reason and truth and come up with new policy options in an era where social media in particular is awash with a bewildering array of views and theories. Critics, however, accuse the head of state of wanting to impose his own narrative ahead of next April's presidential election. Already the membership of the commission has been bitterly criticised, in particular its chair, social scientist Gérald Bronner. And after also coming under fire another member, Professor Guy Vallancien, a high-profile urologist, has just resigned from the body. Joseph Confavreux and Ellen Salvi report.

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On September 29th 2021 the Élysée officially announced the creation of a new commission to investigate the issues of conspiracy theories, disinformation and fake news. This new body, to be known as the 'Enlightenment in the digital age' commission, will report back by mid-December with proposals about how the country should tackle the issue of information in the era of the internet.