Japan to Ask GAFA to Join Team to Fight Fake News

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government panel Friday drafted a proposal to create a public-private team to fight fake news spreading on the internet to which U.S. information technology giants would be invited.

The proposal calls for the establishment of the team including the Japanese government and social media service operators at home and abroad. Google LLC, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., collectively known as GAFA, would be asked to join.

The proposal was included in a draft paper compiled at the day's meeting of the panel, which was created by the internal affairs ministry.

Legal regulation of fake news poses difficult questions in terms of freedom of expression, so the panel aims to promote voluntary efforts by private-sector companies to prevent the spread of fake news.

A final report on measures against fake news will be drawn up at the beginning of next year.

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