Keyword: fake news
Draft legislation which allows for a magistrate to ban publication of information during electoral campaigns that appears false or 'implausible' has met with fierce criticism as debating began in the French parliament, with MPs from Left and Right denouncing dangers of censorship and abuses by 'thought police'.
Culture minister says a judicial process will be put in place to allow 'rapid blocking of the dissemination of fake news' once it has been published.
At the start of the New Year President Emmanuel Macron told a gathering of journalists that his government was preparing a new law to clamp down on 'fake news' on social media. But already the French media are wondering whether an attack on 'fake news', however desirable, would not end up damaging freedom of information in general. Hubert Huertas looks at the pitfalls presented by the plan.
Only authoritarian regimes try to control what the truth is, said one conservative senator while many Twitter users mocked the plan..
French president has criticised Russian media in particular, openly accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him.
Company says it will work with several leading French news organizations to ensure that false news items are not published on its platform.