The UK’s Independent reports that social networks that fail to remove defamatory “fake news”, hate speech and other illegal content will be fined up to €50m (£43m) under new plans agreed by the German government.
Source: Germany to fine social networks up to €50m for not taking down illegal ‘fake news’ posts | The Independent
Personally, I admire the German government for taking this initiative and agree that it should be rolled out across Europe.
But I sadly question whether we’ll ever see a similar initiative in the UK because false news seems so widely used by the political classes.
Dr Alf is right and one of the biggest “purveyors of fake news”,the BBC will carry on much as before and won’t be fined either because they represent a good source of income for the Treasury and an even better source of propaganda.
What Germany is trying to do is laudable but it must not be used to create censorship.