>> As social media sites battle a flood of phony news articles, Germany too is trying to slow the trend ahead of its own polling day next year.>>
> Chancellor Angela Merkel calling for a Parliamentary debate on the phenomenon. Reuters Caroline Copley has been following this story from Berlin.
>> Merkel is taking this threat very seriously. She raised it in her first speech, the German Parliament's since announced Saying last Sunday that she would seek a fourth term as Chancellor. And at a meeting of her party executive committee last Monday, she invited an expert to speak about the topic.
And he said he was really very impressed with how well informed she was on the matter. She suggested that there needs to be maybe a code of conduct for social networks on how to behave, and has also raised the possibility of legislation.>> It's my prayer>> The surprise victory of Donald Trump in the US elections has sparked debate about social media, with some critics saying fake news helped to sway the results.
And Merkel is determined not let that happen there.>> I think it's lit a fire under the German government, and they're really keen to make sure that fake news and social bots will not distort next year's general election campaign. And they feel that they've got 10 months to really try and mitigate the issue and make sure that it's a fair process.
>> With the far right AfD party chipping away at Merkel's support, this campaign is likely to be her toughest yet. That's making her more determined than ever to ensure a level playing field.