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EU digital commissioner criticises Germany’s fake news crackdown

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EU digital commissioner criticises Germany’s fake news crackdown

Commenting on the recent news that Germany is drafting a law that would impose fines to online platforms that fail to remove hate speech or fake news, Ansip warned agains over-regulating platforms, the Financial Times reported. He said Google and Facebook have already taken important steps in addressing the issue, which should be encouraged.

Google, Facebook and Twitter have pledged to delete criminal content from their platforms within 24 hours, but have not dealt with user-submitted complaints effectively enough, according to a spokesperson from the ministry of justice and consumer protection, speaking to Digiday.

Facebook has stepped up its combat against fake news lately, and has said it would have more than 700 people working in Berlin to review content by the end of the year. 


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Teemu Henriksson


2017-03-21 14:10

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