Wednesday, 15 March 2017


German government proposes €50m fines for networks that don't take down illegal 'fake news'
       The government will decide what is fake after the fact. All that this requires is that social networks self-censor their content and, unless that censorship is kind of censorship the government wants, they must pay up
     I particularly like this provision "Sites would also have to nominate a person responsible for handling complaints, who could face fines of up to €50m (£4.4m) personally if the company fails to abide by mandatory standards."
      Apart from itself being fake news itself (50 million Euro is NOT 4.4 million pounds), it says a scapegoat must be named who can be bankrupted if the site does not censor things the government way.
The government will decide what is fakeafter the fact.  All that this requires is that social networks self-censor their content and, unless that censorship is kind of censorship the government wants, they must pay up

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