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France Announces ‘Fake News’ Law To Protect The Country’s Democracy

French President Emmanuel Macron with Russian President Vladimir Putin, 29 May 2017Image credit: Kremlin.ru

"We will develop our legal system to protect democracy from this fake news." - French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron intends to combat fake news with legislation, announcing plans for a new law that will address deliberate attempts to undermine truth and manipulate opinion on social media.

"Thousands of propaganda accounts on social networks are spreading all over the world, in all languages, lies invented to tarnish political officials, personalities, public figures, journalists," he said.

In response, he proposed imposing tougher rules on social media about revealing the sources of apparent news content.

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

"We will develop our legal system to protect democracy from this fake news," he said, quoted by AFP.

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