Emmanual Macron proposes new law against fake news

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03 de enero de 2018, 14:48Paris, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) The French government will present a bill in 2018 aimed at combating the spread of false news on the Internet, the so-called "fake news", President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday.

The Washington Post notes that "On the eve of the vote, Macron's campaign suffered a massive cyberattack that it compared to the hacking of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign previous year".

President Emmanuel Macron will meet his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Paris on January 5 to discuss bilateral relations as well as the Middle East issues, according to French president's office.

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

In November, UK Prime Minister Theresa May also directly accused Russian Federation of seeking to meddle in the democratic affairs of other nations by planting fake stories in the media to try to sow discord in the West by "weaponizing information". "If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must have strong legislation".

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In a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin after his win in which he referenced Moscow outlets, Mr Macron said: 'I will not give an inch on this.

Macron's office yesterday said a number of commercial deals are expected to be signed during the three-day visit but they have yet to be finalized.

So the laws will attempt to increase transparency when it comes to online platforms and their advertising, and requiring them to make the identity of the person paying for them public.

"And authorities would be able to remove content or block websites that publish fake news during election cycles".

President Trump is oneof the most outspoken critics of fake news, although like most politicians heis also regularly accused of lying himself in a bid to influence voters.

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