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Stefan Nicola

Germany Gets Really Serious About Fake News on Facebook

Germany pushed ahead with legislation that threatens social networks such as Facebook Inc. with fines of as much as 50 million euros ($53 million) if they fail to give users the option to complain about hate speech and fake news or refuse to remove illegal content.

It’s Merkel vs. Facebook as Germany Heads Into Election Year

While celebrating the 2013 election victory that gave her a third term as German chancellor, Angela Merkel reached over a colleague’s shoulder and removed a German flag from his hand. A video of that small gesture, meant to declutter an image she knew would soon rocket around the globe, went viral on social media as purported evidence of Merkel’s lack of patriotism -- and is now spurring an effort to compel companies like Facebook Inc. to rein in hate speech and fake news.