Merkel will start to play hardball against Facebook and fine them with $53 M if they do not start to censor "fake news"

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Germany under chancellor Angela Merkel, is proposing a new legislation to fight what they call fake news on different social media platforms on the internet such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

The German governmet wants to be able to fine social media plattforms with up to $53 million dollars if they don't start to clean up and censor reported information that Germany government considers to be fake news, hate speech or refuse to remove illegal content, Bloomberg reports.

If the bill is passed by parliament, the measures would be the toughest regulation Facebook faces in any country where it operates according to.

“Social-network providers are responsible when their platforms are misused to propagate hate crimes and fake news,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. The goal is to make social networks enforce existing German laws on illegal content “quickly and in full,” he said.

Previously, the German federal government forced Facebook to start a censorship agency in Berlin, where hundreds of employees are dedicated to seeking out and delete material that is considered to be either fake news, hate speech crime or other illegal content.