A newspaper report about release of Fake news filter in Germany by Facebook. This Social Tech Giant will start flagging fake news on Facebook in Germany. Over the coming weeks, according to the newspaper. The tools were first launched in the US in Dec – 2016, as part of a partnership with independent fact-checking organizations.
German Response on News Filter
German political leader have warned of the effect that fake news could have on federal elections slated for this fall. Lawmakers have considered imposing fines on Facebook and other social media companies that allow fake news to spread in country, while Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned of Russian interference through propaganda or cyber attacks. Last week it was published that the German government has opened an investigation into the spread of fake news, after Breitbart published a false story claiming that a mob set fire to a church on New Year’s Eve.
Authorities Request to Facebook
German representative requested Facebook and other tech companies to aggressively police both fake news and hate speech. Justice Minister Heiko Maas said last year that Facebook start a media company in Germany, which would make it legally responsible for any content it publishes in Germany. The government has reportedly considered setting up a bureau that would track and combat fake news, as the Czech Republic has done, though there are concerns over authorities being seen as interfering with the media ahead of elections.
In an interview with the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag, Maas said that fake news represents a “danger to our culture of debate,” and that social media companies “have a duty” to overcome it, other wise it would be a great danger for our future.
“It can’t be in Facebook’s interest that its platform is misused in order to spread lies and hate campaigns,” Maas told the newspaper. “ False contents should be immediately after it has reported . On other hand this service would be made easier for users to report fake news.