Posted on December 28, 2016


Heat St: “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”.
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

DC: “But many of those same journalists seem unable to agree on a consistent definition of what “fake news” is, oftentimes pushing leading conservative and alternative media organizations that provide ideological balance in the public forum under the same “fake news” umbrella alongside websites whose entire purpose is generating viral hoaxes…
Other left-leaning news organizations, meanwhile, have lumped in legitimate news organizations alongside objectively fake sources.

News media in America can rerun the same lie for weeks or months at a time before correcting. At the time of correction the damage has already been done in that an irrevocable image has been impregnated.


Heat St: Germany Considers Fining Facebook $522,000 Per Fake News Item
DC: Journalists Struggle To Define ‘Fake News’ Even As They Declare War On It

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