Macron’s fake news law will protect democracy

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LONDON — President Macron kicked off the year by announcing the introduction of legislation to safeguard liberal democracy — in France at least — from fake news.

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  • Twitter commentators were quick to attack him for oversimplifying the problem to make a political point.

They may be right.

But at its core, Macron’s instinct is the right one.

French candidate for the 2017 presidential elections Emmanuel Macron, gestures as he delivers a speech at the end of the meeting of "Union des Entreprises" (Union of Companies) in Ille-et-Vilaine, on December 8, 2016 in Pace, western France. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

French candidate for the 2017 presidential elections Emmanuel Macron, gestures as he delivers a speech at the end of the meeting of “Union des Entreprises” (Union of Companies) in Ille-et-Vilaine, on December 8, 2016 in Pace, western France. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

We need to rethink the rules of engagement in social media and hold accountable producers, distributors and financiers of content, without compromising on freedom of speech.

Macron’s proposal includes…

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