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> I'm Ingrid Melander, Senior Correspondent for Reuters in Paris. French president Emmanuel Macron said he would, in the course of this year, table a law to fight the spread of fake news in France. This has been a major issue in elections all over the world this year, about the importance of social media and the fake news that are spread.
He says he wants to act on it. He didn't give that many details but what he said was, first of all, especially in time of election, it will have to be publicly known as to who pays for sponsored content on social media, and there would be a limit.
He also said that judges would be given the power to maybe shut a website that would be spreading fake news, or shut a specific user account, or block certain content. Obviously, this raises a lot of questions. People are asking, but how could that possibly be done? Is there a risk of censorship?
So all in all, the issue raises more questions than answers. He says that will be done very soon. This is quite a personal issue for Macron, as it has been for other recently elected officials. During the election campaign both he and his team said they were the victim of fake news.
They were also the victims of a very huge data leak and data dump just two days ahead of the election. And although he didn't mention them, Emmanuel Macron has several times criticized Russian media to Russian media, and in particular Sputnik and Russia Today. He's accused them of sowing disinformation, and now he's saying he wants to find ways to control this.