Should it be against the law to publish fake news? | The Tylt

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Germany just approved a bill that would fine Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites millions of dollars if they don't promptly take down fake news reports and hate speech. It's an attempt to defend the country's citizens from the kind of fake news that flooded U.S. social media during the 2016 election. Critics say the bill violates free speech, but others say the U.S. should take a cueand also hold social media sites accountable for publishing propaganda, lies, and hate speech. What do you think?

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Fake news isn't just a late-night talk show punch lineit's a serious problem. The Russian government used it to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, and is now targeting Germany, Sweden, and even the NATO alliance. Many say we simply cannot allow hostile foreign powers to weaponize social media networks and undermine Western democracies.

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But you know what else could be a huge problem? Putting governments in charge of censoring social media sites. Free speech advocates say Germany's new law could set a dangerous precedent. Who decides what news is fake? Giving institutions power to legally define reality could have terrifying consequences.

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Facebook says it can combat the spread of propaganda and misinformation by educating readers about what news is fake. Laws like the one in Germany are unnecessarily punitive.

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But critics say that change will do nothing, and Facebook is just going through the motions.

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If fake news is profitable, Facebook will allow it to proliferate. Critics say we need laws to prevent it, not free speech platitudes from Mark Zuckerberg.

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Others say censoring speech is not the answer to this problem—an educated citizenry with critical thinking skills is. Ceding the right to determine what the news isto people in power, no lessis a recipe for authoritarianism.

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Should it be against the law to publish fake news?
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#BanFakeNews
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