France vs. Fake News Offers Test Case for Democratic Dilemma

French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan for a law against false information around election campaigns is drawing criticism from media advocates, tech experts and others.

  • Published 14 January 2018

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PARIS (AP) — Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, would be impossible to enforce and is sure to backfire. Macron’s stance “could be just the beginning of actually censoring freedom of speech.… Read at AP News