Government To Fine FaceBook $500,000 Per Day For ‘Fake News’ Items

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(Heat Street) The government of Germany is considering imposing a legal regime that would allow fining social networks such as Facebook up to 500,000 euros ($522,000) for each day the platform leaves a “fake news” story up without deleting it.

In the name of combating harms from false news, the German government next year will consider the bill, which has bipartisan support, that will allow both official and private complainants to flag content that is considered “fake news”.

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The law would also force the social networks to create in-country offices focused on responding to takedown demands and would make these networks responsible for compensation if a post by individual users were found to slander someone.

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  • Liberallez

    The intent may be good but the actual application is fraught with danger.

  • Kirby

    Um, then so, the Muslims would then have an advocate.

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    Will they go after global warming or will they just go after what they don’t like?

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