As Facebook, Google, and other mega-media outlets join the U.S. government in cracking down on “fake news”, the German government is going them one better: it’s cracking down on “fake opinions”.
The following brief video clip shows remarks given by Michael Grosse-Brömer, the director of the Christian Democratic fraction in the Bundestag, last night (Sunday Dec 18) speaking on the talk show “Berlin Direkt”. Notice that the proposed new law specifically aims to correct “wrong opinions” — not just mistakes in fact, but the holding of disapproved opinions about those facts.
|00:00||Well, indeed we face new challenges. We have to acknowledge,|
|00:04||supported by the insights of journalists, scientists, and intelligence services, too:|
|00:08||There are a lot of people on the internet who want to destabilize,|
|00:12||who want to spread wrong opinions, who want to manipulate,|
|00:15||and politics must deal with that; especially before election campaigns.|
|00:19||One thing is certain: if you cannot rely on the information|
|00:23||that is the basis for your voting decision, if that is being manipulated,|
|00:26||then ultimately democracy is in danger, and we must resist that, as politicians.|
|00:31||First, we must raise awareness of this problem,|
|00:35||and we must develop new strategies, in cooperation with others, to address the problem.