German official labels social media a “value chain of digital propaganda”

“…one German official has proposed fining Facebook 500,000 euros ($528,700) for failing to delete fake news stories and hate messages within 24 hours, describing the social media giant as a “value chain of digital propaganda.” “

Source: Germany’s plan to fight fake news

That sounds like another way of saying that social media is a friction-less platform for the spread of propaganda.

However, a government run Ministry of Truth, as proposed by the German government, sounds like a bad idea.

It is unfortunate that media stories continue to focus on Russia rather than the broader issue of the social media platform being used by governments, for-profit lobbyists/online publishers, government agencies, non-profits, the media, and individuals and small businesses – for the dissemination of propaganda.