Stephen Fry: Facebook and other platforms should be classed as publishers

Speaking at Hay festival, writer accuses ‘aggregating news agencies’ of not taking responsibility for their contentStephen Fry has called for Facebook and other “aggregating news agencies” to be reclassified as publishers in order to stop fake news and online abuse spreading by making social media subject to the same legal responsibilities as traditional news websites.Outlining his “reformation” for the internet, as part of the Hay literary festival’s programme to mark the quincentenary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses in 1517, Fry accused social media platforms of refusing to “take responsibility for those dangerous, defamatory, inflammatory and fake items whose effects will have legal consequences for traditional printed or broadcast media, but which they can escape”. Related: Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal Related: Jeremy Paxman at Hay festival: 'Media must stop sneering at Trump' Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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