Facebook Faces Fines, Backlash Despite Fake News Fix
Is the solution too much — or not enough? Facebook’s announcement that it’ll partner with Snopes, PolitiFact and other fact-checking sites to flag hoax stories hasn’t impressed Germany, which fears fake news will influence its 2017 elections, as many believe it did the U.S. presidential race. German lawmakers are considering mandating a local Facebook office deal with fake news stories within 24 hours or face a $522,575 fine per story. Meanwhile, conservative sites are accusing the social network of using the “fake news” label to manifest liberal bias.