The German government will consider the reintroduction of a law that criminalizes using social media for propaganda purposes
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering reinstating a law aimed at curbing the spread of misinformation online that was first introduced in 2013.
The move would be seen as a step toward curbing social media as a tool for spreading misinformation, particularly on sensitive topics like immigration and security, and in particular as a means of promoting the German political establishment.
Merkel has previously said she would like to see the law reimposed after it expires next year, though she has not ruled out making changes in the future.
But the move would likely face strong opposition from conservative lawmakers who are wary of turning the Internet into a tool to disseminate information and incite fear, as well as civil liberties advocates who say the law violates free speech.
Merkel’s spokeswoman, Steffen Seibert, declined to comment on the proposal.
She is also expected to meet with President Emmanuel Macron, who is trying to make his case for a European Union-wide migration policy after weeks of public flirting with the idea.
Macron has said that his goal is to bring tens of thousands of migrants into Europe by the end of 2020.