By Lukas Mikelionis | 2:49 pm, December 27, 2016
The government of Germany is considering imposing a legal regime that would allow fining social networks such as Facebook up to 500,000 euros ($522,000) for each day the platform leaves a “fake news” story up without deleting it.
In the name of combating harms from false news, the German government next year will consider the bill, which has bipartisan support, that will allow both official and private complainants to flag content that is considered “fake news”.
The law would also force the social networks to create in-country offices focused on responding to takedown demands and would make these networks responsible for compensation if a post by individual users were found to slander someone.
Facebook might decide to leave Germany altogether rather than have to invest so much money in offices and personnel to take down so called fake news.
In addition, if the new Joseph Goebbles ministry of propaganda is going to be allowed to decide what “fake news” is, it could be inundated with lawsuits. Take my blog, for example. Everything is factual and backed up by documents. So, if Angela Merkel and her Globalist minions were to try to order my blog to be classified as fake news for political reasons in Germany, they would lose in court along with Facebook.