- Aug 1, 1997
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- Sunset, La
I like what the Germans are doing here. This needs to happen real quick here also. No matter how ridiculous the fake news may be, far too many people on FB (and social media otherwise) buy into it, share it, and parrot it. From there it just snowballs. Then you end up with a mess like we have now, and I believe that Fake news deserves a good bit of credit for it.Facebook is moving toward trying to reduce the impact of sensational or misleading content showing up in users’ news feeds. Part of that is a reaction to the election of Donald Trump following the viral spread of fake election news via Facebook, which is basically the digital equivalent of shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted.
But part of it is by necessity, as other nations are pressuring Facebook to clamp down on the spread of news that could be disruptive to their own elections.
In Germany, which is facing a nationwide election this year, lawmakers proposed a rule that would levy a 500,000 euro fine for each piece of fake news it fails to take down within 24 hours. No surprise, then, that Germany was one of the first places where Facebook rolled out new tools to combat misleading articles being shared.