Germany considers forcing Facebook to delete fake news



“Politicians from German’s ruling coalition are pushing for more action to stop the spread of fake news, including potentially holding Facebook accountable for quickly deleting posts, German media reported Tuesday.

Amid growing concern Russia may interfere with Germany’s national elections next fall, senior politicians from Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU), as well as the Social Democratic Party (SPD), have called for increasing the penalty for those running misinformation campaigns.

Thomas Opperman, vice chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, told German media group Funke Medien-gruppe that the ruling coalition will make use of every legal resource and “sharpen” its approach if necessary to fight against “made-up news reports, conspiracy theories, hate and rabble-rousing.”

That may include making Facebook responsible for quickly deleting fake news posts from its site, Opperman said.”


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