Macron asks Rouhani to show restraint


French President Emmanuel Macron has marked 2018 to be the year he takes "fake news" to task, pushing for a law to combat this long-standing issue by the year's end.

Macron claims he and his team were victims of fake news and a major data hack during his election campaign past year.

"If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must be strong and have clear rules", Macron said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to exercise "restraint and appeasement" during a telephone call between the two figures, as violence in Iran intensifies.

With the rise of fake news back in 2016, and the increasing evidence that it was created to influence the U.S. presidential election (and maybe the Brexit vote), there's been a lot of talk of what should be done about it.

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"As you know, propagating fake news on social media only requires a few tens of thousands of euros and can be done with total anonymity". Xi and Macron, who took office in May, have spoken twice by phone and met in Hamburg, Germany, during the G20 Summit a year ago.

The 40-year-old president said Russian outlets RT (formerly known as Russia Today) and Sputnik published "defamatory untruths" and "deceitful propaganda" in a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the vote.

"Platforms will have more transparency obligations regarding sponsored content to make public the identity of sponsors and of those who control them, but also limits on the amounts that can be used to sponsor this content", he said.

He has been particularly critical of Russian media, openly accusing it of spreading lies about him on websites and social media.

President Trump is oneof the most outspoken critics of fake news, although like most politicians heis also regularly accused of lying himself in a bid to influence voters.