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Trudeau announces ‘digital charter,’ tells social media companies to fight fake news or be fined

Trudeau announces ‘digital charter,’ tells social media companies to fight fake news or be fined
Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said social platforms were “failing their users” on Thursday, while speaking at the Viva Technology conference in Paris.

He said his government would hold companies to account for fake news, and that they had to make major improvements to their means of dealing with the issue or there would be “meaningful financial consequences.”

“The platforms are failing their users. And they’re failing our citizens. They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation, and if they don’t, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences,” he said Thursday.

The prime minister also attended a meeting of world leaders on Wednesday to discuss online extremism, co-chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

His government was one of many to sign on to the “Christchurch Call,” a pledge taken by governments and CEOs of tech companies to take action against violent terrorist and extremist content online.
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