France's Macron vows fake news law, eyeing Russia

Macron to plan law to fight fake news on the Net

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In a speech to journalists on Wednesday, Macron said he planned to introduce new legislation to strictly regulate fake news online during political campaigns.

Concern about how social media platforms are being misappropriated to channel and amplify disinformation has rocketed up the political agenda in recent years, most especially in the wake of the 2016 USA presidential election and as more details have emerged about the extent of Russian-backed online content meddling.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will embark for Paris today for discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron for their first official bilateral meeting since the French election in May 2017.

With the rise of fake news back in 2016, and the increasing evidence that it was created to influence the United States presidential election (and maybe the Brexit vote), there's been a lot of talk of what should be done about it.

The French head of state outlined that the law would require social media websites and others to disclose their funding sources, as well as have a limit on the amount of cash received to promote sponsored content, according to NPR.

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He says in case of fake news, an emergency legal action could allow authorities to suppress that content or even close the website.

"At election time, on internet platforms", Macron said in his speech, "the rules applying to content won't be exactly the same".

Turkish Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said at a press conference on January 4 that Macron's remarks are based on a "lack of information", if not "prejudice". The French President specifically turned his attention to the Russian media, accusing TV channel RT that during the campaign it caused disinformation through its website and social media.

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