A guide to anti-misinformation actions around the worldPoynter #Social_MediaJanuary 12, 2019
He faces up to seven years in prison for spreading false news against the government under an act that has already been used to detain dozens of social media users over the past year, according to Freedom House .
One lawmaker said the legislation, which also allows for social media and other websites to be blocked if found in violation of the law, is aimed at bolstering citizens’ rights while also strengthening state information security.
The legislation gives authorities the power to remove fake content spread via social media and even block the sites that publish it, as well as enforce more financial transparency for sponsored content, in the three months before election periods.
French lawmakers debated the proposed law on June 7, and it passed in early July .
According to Freedom House , Ratel and Forbes.kz faced criminal charges for spreading false information after the outlets published stories accusing a former top government official of corruption.
Before Kenyatta signed the bill, there were calls for Parliament to review it to make sure it didn’t violate free speech provisions.
The legislation has passed one of three votes in parliament, The Times reported.
The potential punishment could be between two and five years in prison, as well as fines.
While it’s still unclear how the government is going to detect when users log into social media accounts and then tax them, critics say the law is an attempt to co-opt concerns about misinformation to further regulate free speech.
The British government has also set up the National Security Communications Unit , which is tasked with “combating disinformation by state actors and others.” That decision came amid an investigation of Russia’s reported use of fake social media accounts to spread misinformation about the Brexit referendum in summer 2016.