The French law against misinformation: What’s the fuss about?

Only a week after Parliament approved it, a new French anti-misinformation law is already receiving pushback.

More than 50 senators from the French Republican Party (LR) and the Centrist Union group appealed to the Constitutional court over the law, which is among the first of its kind in Europe.

The lawmakers of the opposition parties argued that the law falls short of the principle of proportional justice20minutes reported. More specifically, it appears that senators contest the powers granted to judges to shut down news deemed to be fake within 48 hours from notification. Likewise, they argue that the law conflicts with already existing penal codes as it foresees crimes related to the lack of transparency of online platforms.

The appeal is only the latest twist in the French legislative tale that started back in January 2018, when President Emmanuel Macron decided to take a stand against fake news. Last week’s final approval came after the Senate rejected the provision twice, and a special conciliatory committee failed to orchestrate an agreement between the Assembly and the Senate earlier this year. The Constitutional Court is now expected to rule over the matter within a month.

But the question remains: What’s all the fuss about?

(Read the full article on Poynter)

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