German Govt. threatens Facebook with £425,000 fine for each fake news it posts

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FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network, focusing on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partnering with outside fact-checkers to sort honest news reports from made-up stories that play to people's passions and preconceived notions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

German government has said it is considering handing down £425,000 (500,000 euros or $522,000) to Facebook for each fake news item it posts.

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The consideration, according to report, is to ensure that Facebook stops hate speech posts on the social network.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas reportedly said his ministry was checking whether it would be possible to make social networking sites legally liable for illegal posts, suggesting Facebook should be fined £425,000 (500,000 euros or $522,000) for each fake news item it posts.

‘Of course in the end, we also have to think about fines, if other measures fail to work… That would be a strong incentive to act quickly,” Mr Maas told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

In recent time, Germany has seen a sharp increase in vitriolic posts on social media owing to a heated public debate over the influx of more than a million migrants.

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