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Chilean deputies are proposing a bill against fake news on Internet

Chilean deputies are proposing a bill against fake news on Internet

Santiago de Chile, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Chilean legislators from the Broad Front presented a bill to regulate digital platforms and social media in order to prevent fake news that are currently proliferating on the Internet.
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This initiative has already been sent to the Culture, Arts and Communications Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, where it will be processed in the next legislative period slated for March.

At present, it is fundamental to properly regulate these platforms for them to fulfill their function and guarantee true information, without fake news and any disqualifications or, at least, with the right to defend oneself if this happens, Tomas Hirsch told BioBio radio.

The bill stipulates several regulations to guarantee transparency on social media and that digital platforms, with an effect on over 10 percent of the population, are registered as partnerships in the country or have a legal representative in case of a conflict.

It also favors establishing a mechanism to eliminate information that affects people or certain communities and calls on companies to be transparent regarding the use of algorithms.

The bill includes fines for the platform or social network that does not comply with this regulation.

Misinformation and fake news permeated Chile’s last presidential election campaign.

Several attacks were aimed at discrediting President-Elect Gabriel Boric and also the Constituent Assembly, in charge of drafting a constitution that will replace the one in force since the time of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

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