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Tackling ‘fake news’: the current political debate in Germany

Since last autumn, when reports emerged suggesting that interested groups were trying to influence the US elections with the deliberate distribution of ‘fake news’ including via social media, calls for enhanced accountability of platform providers for displayed content has dominated political discussions in Germany. The proposals vary from strengthening the position of individuals whose rights are violated to an overall tightening of the regulatory regime for providers who could even be obligated to break open ‘echo chambers’ by sending personalised messages. Norbert Wimmer and Tina Liebscher of White & Case discuss the proposals in Germany and the challenges ‘fake news’ poses in today’s regulatory landscape.

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