Germany recently passed legislation, the first of its kind in the world, which will make social media platforms accountable for fake news.
From October, social media such as Facebook and Twitter could be liable for a 50 million Euro fine for every nasty, defamatory or villifying post it fails to remove.
One of the triggers for the legislation was a court case involving Anas Modamani, a Syrian refugee whose selfie with the German Chancellor Angela Merkal went viral, but was later used in false reporting.
The world, including Australia, will be watching carefully how these laws will play out.
Fiona Martin discusses the issues on the ABC’s Radio National Law Report, along with Alice Drury from GetUp and Jo Jun Chan, lawyer based in Germany.
(Image credit: European Centre for Press and Media Freedom)