Sunday, 21 January, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron Vows To Ban 'Fake News'

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Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 19:14

France will bring in a new legislation to combat so-called fake news, President Emmanuel Macron has announced.

"We need to recover a European ambition to be a more sovereign, more united, more democratic Europe", Mr Macron said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to exercise "restraint and appeasement" during a telephone call between the two figures, as violence in Iran intensifies.

Concerns have been growing for some time around the use of social media platforms - such as Facebook and Twitter - and other websites to amplify propaganda and false information, particularly in the wake of the 2016 USA presidential election.

"As you know, propagating fake news on social media only requires a few tens of thousands of euros and can be done with total anonymity".

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Today's decision found the map to to be an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander on equal protection and free speech grounds. Although the federal ruling is a win for Democrats, many Republicans have broken with their party over gerrymandering.

He also said limits would be put on how much could be spent on sponsored news material.

In a speech to journalists Wednesday, Macron made a reference to Hungary and Poland and their recent crackdown on media freedom. The CSA, France's TV and radio regulator, will also be given more power to fight any "any attempt at destabilisation" by TV stations owned or influenced by foreign governments.

"There will be increased transparency requirements for internet platforms regarding sponsored content, with the aim of making public the identity of those who place the ads and also limiting the amount of them", Macron said.

During an election, the government would be authorized to block a website to suppress fake news, he said.

Since becoming president he has also accused one Russian Federation channel of sowing disinformation about him via its website. "But all the same, I will not stop acting", Mr Macron said, seated a marble table in his office at the Elysee Palace. The president said the measure was to "protect liberal democracies".

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