Forums - Politics Discussion - Macron Wants To Ban 'Fake News' During Elections

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42560688

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/03/emmanuel-macron-ban-fake-news-french-president

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-macron-fakenews/french-opposition-twitter-users-slam-macrons-anti-fake-news-plans-idUSKBN1EU161

"His plan would allow judges to block a website or a user account, in particular during an election, and oblige internet platforms to publish the names of those behind sponsored contents."

 

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If they're bipartisan about it then I'm honestly ok with this. While I can't speak for French politics in America there's no way we would be able to stop the spread of fake news in a non biased fashion even though we would literally be talking about factual statements vs opinions and misinformation



So....most comedy news would do what? just be on hiatus?



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EricHiggin said:

oblige internet platforms to publish the names of those behind sponsored contents."

 

That's a good thing, definitely.



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I'd like to be part of the committee that determines what's fake news.

And if they're wrong? Who cares, they still silenced their opponents when it mattered.



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Sounds like something a state inching closer to totalitarianism would do.

"Fake News" is very subjective and a censoring campaign against it could be applied to anything the ruling party doesn't like.

Last edited by Aeolus451 - on 06 January 2018

I dunno, maybe it's my Libertarian nature coming out, but I find this creepily Authoritarian. Like, who the fuck decides what fake news is and what's real? How? Doesn't most if not all news come with some sort of bias, and thus can be precieved as "fake?"



 

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Good luck at enforcing this. This one of the disadvantages livimg in a globalized world.
In my opinion the best way to take away the influence of fake news on the people is to teach them to generally scrutinize the information that they receive.



Aeolus451 said:

Sounds like something a state inching closer to totalitarianism would do.

"Fake News" is very subjective and a censoring campaign against it could be applied to anything the ruling party doesn't like.

The main proposal was to make sourcing an obligation. That's pretty good, I think.



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It's never a bad idea to remove lies from the internet. And while we're at it, give people believing and spreading the lies a mandatory course in critical thinking before they can access their internet again.

We need the browsers to step in here and flag every news article that is not properly sourced as a first step.



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