>> The innocent selfie with German leader Angela Merkel that spawned a deluge of fake news linking Syrian refugee Anas Modamani to crimes ranging from the Brussels airport bombing this time last year to setting fire to a homeless man in Berlin. On Monday, Al Modamani lost a case against Facebook that has been closely watched.
He'd sued the social networking site for failing to remove the posts, but Facebook says it acted quickly to block access to them. The court deeming Facebook to be neither perpetrator nor participant in what it said was indisputable defamation by the site's users. Those images still circulating online, Modamani's lawyer says.
Germany's preparing legislation to force the site to remove hate speech within 24 hours or face fines. It's a frequent critic of Facebook and on alert for a tide of populist propaganda before an election in September.