Tough approach in Europe

Europe, which often speaks out on human rights and freedom of expression, is leading the battle against fake news. But being at the vanguard has a flip side - Germany is already tweaking a tough law that came into effect three months ago.

The Network Enforcement Act passed by the Bundestag in June is the toughest among western democracies. Dubbed "Facebook Law", it puts the responsibility for fighting fake news squarely on the shoulders of social media organisations. It came into effect on Jan 1.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'Tough approach in Europe'. Print Edition | Subscribe