How Fake News Could Be A Backdoor to Tyranny
The Russian government has taken a step to criminalize fake news, without properly defining it. The Washington Examiner reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation Monday that make it illegal to spread “fake news.”
The law also criminalizes the sharing of information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”
Prosecutors are now allowed to direct complaints viewed as insulting to the government, which can block websites from publishing the information. Publications that spread the offending information may face fines up to $23,000 and repeat offenders face up to 15 days in jail.
Opponents to the law have said it will allow the government to cut off access to social media and websites critical of the Kremlin amid public discontent.
This autocratic act shows the importance of the First Amendment, and anyone calling for its curtailment can only be in support of such policies.
Obviously it is. I will always come down on the side of liberty, freedom of speech. I can not control nor should gov't nor should the tech giants be allowed to censure.
It is squarely on the shoulders of all to be cautions in all in reading or viewing content.