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Macron's goal, it seems, is to curtail "fake news" by law. He is promising that, by the end of the year, he will introduce a bill to crack down on those spreading misinformation during any election period.Another law, part of the electoral code, provides for punishment of one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros for anyone who uses false information "or other fraudulent maneuvers" to steal votes.Macron's challenge, then, is to craft legislation for the digital age.Macron is also looking beyond Russia.The law requires social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove all illegal content posted by users, which includes hate speech, in addition to disinformation, within 24 hours, or face a fine of up to 50 million euros ($61.3 million).Macron's critics have enlisted the help of legal experts who argue that the laws already on the books are sufficient to contain fake news.Still, the new judicial procedure that Macron envisions will need to be examined carefully once it has been fleshed out.In any case, Macron's proposed legislation will be but one tool in the fight against disinformation.
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