Facebook is facing a landmark "fake news" trial in Germany. A Syrian refugee is taking the social media giant to court to demand that it remove fake news posts featuring his photograph. His lawyer is also calling for Facebook to pay a large fine.
Saxony state prosecutors have attracted anger after ruling that a gallows "reserved for Angela Merkel" could be put on sale, because it was art. Legal experts say the decision betrays a failure of the rule of law.
Although fake news stories did not make an impact on Germany's election the hype — and fear — of them left an impression. One that many Germans are having a hard time getting out of their heads.
The social media giant has described renewed efforts as "one of our most important goals." With elections just around the corner in Germany, authorities fear fake news could affect the vote.
A Syrian refugee in Germany - famous for a selfie he took with Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015 - is taking Facebook to court. His motive is to stop the circulation of fake news posts showing his face.
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