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.
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.
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 is—to people in power, no less—is a recipe for authoritarianism.
Politicians banning news a bad idea. Solution: teach critical thinking; teach people how to tell 'fake news' from real. #blackhamlecture