In January 2018 Germany passed the NetzDG law which required platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to take down perceived illegal content within 24 hours or seven days, depending on the charge, or risk a fine of €50 million ($60 million) fines. In July 2018 representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter denied to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary committee that they censor content for political reasons. During the hearing Republican members of Congress criticized the social media companies for politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies rejected. In April 2018 the European Union issued a series of proposals that would crack down on “online misinformation and fake news.” In June 2018 President Emmanuel Macron of France proposed a law which would give French authorities the power to immediately halt “the publication of information deemed to be false ahead of elections.”
Yes, but they should only be able to flag it as such, not ban it. And be transparent about their reasons for doing so with an explanation as to why. They should not have the power to delete it, such a power takes away freedom of speech
People need to use their own intelligence and work out their own opinions and stances, and not be to taken in and reliant on social media. People have become lazy and believe too much of what they hear through social media.
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