French president wants to end ‘fake news’ by taking greater control of internet
French President Emmanuel Macron vowed today to end the spread of ‘fake news’ on social media.
The 40-year-old announced plans to introduce a new law to combat the misinformation, which would see social media websites face tougher rules over what they put online.
He said: ‘In case of propagation of false news, we can seize a judge through a new action in summary for the eventuality to delete the deletion of content, to dereference the site, to close the account concerned user or even block access to the website.’
The politician added he felt deliberate attempts were made to blur lines between truth and lies during France’s presidential election last year.
Speaking at a new year reception for the media in Paris, Mr Macron continued: ‘Thousands of propaganda accounts on social networks are spreading all over the world, in all languages, lies invented to tarnish political officials, personalities, public figures, journalists.
‘We will develop our legal system to protect democracy from this fake news.’
The proposed law would ensure all social media reveals the exact sources of all apparent news content, and it would put limits on how much money could be spent on sponsored news material.
In his presidential campaign, Mr Macron accused Russia and its state-owned media of using hacking and fake news of interfering with the election.