Damian starts by speaking a little about his work with the enquiry...
We weren’t just looking at the responsibilities of tech companies to handle this issue, we looked at who originated content
But Carole says the urgency is now because in a few months we exit the EU as a result of electoral fraud. We need to act now.
Damian says the Electoral Commission findings have been passed to the police.
Carole says there won’t be a trial before we leave the EU
Damian says he doesn’t have power to do that. Public inquiries are started by the government, often in response to public pressure
Carole was attacked in a tweet by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declaring her work fake news.
Damian doesn’t quite answer ;)
Damian says in election or referendum like this you don’t have to sway everyone, you just need to sway 5% or so of people
Eg the very day Vote Leave gave money to BeLeave group, sun registered as a campaign group and ran a front page saying “BeLeave”
Says the US involvement has been ignored so far...
I suspect we’ll find out more from Carole soon too. So it sounds like there is even more to emerge publicly.
And that wraps up this panel at #BylineFest