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Criminalise the spread of medical misinformation for financial gain.

Submitted by Niall Donaldson on Monday 30th March 2020

Published on Monday 18th May 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 18th November 2020

Signatures: 27

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Britons ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ FRAUD ~ Government ~ It ~ Media ~ NHS ~ Social media ~ Time

Petition Action

Criminalise the spread of medical misinformation for financial gain.

Petition Details

It is apparent that many view times of national crisis as opportunity to gain financially through misinformation, through selling fake therapies, tests, or financial gain from publishing articles. This false information exposes the most vulnerable to harm and leads to extra strain on our NHS.

Additional Information

78% of Britons fear that inaccurate health information shared on social media will cause harm according to MHP polling. While selling products with no evidence of efficacy may already be illegal under fraud legislation, media outlets are still free to spread misinformation without consequence. A new, specific criminal offence is needed from our Government to send the clear message that these actions will not be tolerated during a time of national crisis.

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