French President Macron Proposes New Law Against ‘Fake News’

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers New Year wishes to the press at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on January 3, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUDOVIC MARIN (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

French President Emmanuel Macron will propose new rules cracking down on fake news during elections this year, he said in an annual speech to the press today.

“When fake news are spread, it will be possible to go to a judge … and if appropriate have content taken down, user accounts deleted and ultimately websites blocked,” Macron said.

“Platforms will have more transparency obligations regarding sponsored content to make public the identity of sponsors and of those who control them, but also limits on the amounts that can be used to sponsor this content.”

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Source: Politico