Apr 3, 2019

Twitter blocks French government with its own fake news law

A social media campaign from the French government has been blocked by Twitter - because of the government's own anti-fake-news law. Now Twitter has rejected a government voter registration campaign. It was operated by the French government information service, which had planned to pay for sponsored tweets, according to news agency AFP. Twitter's refusal to take money from the state to promote the message baffled many in France. The new French law, which took effect in December, is designed to combat anonymous political messages and make clear who is paying for advertisements. The government information service told AFP news agency: "Twitter does not know how to do that today, and so decided to have a completely hard-line policy, which is to cut any so-called political campaign."

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