Vikki Chowney reports:
Italy’s move to restrict wiretapped phone conversations being published online means bloggers and even people posting comments on social networks will have to post retractions when asked, or face a fine.
Italy is set to extend its ’obbligo di rettifica’ (rectification obligation), a law that requires newspapers to publish corrections, to cover the web and anyone “responsible for information websites”.
According to the proposed additions, bloggers and other online publishers – which lawyers believe includes users of social networks – will be obliged to post corrections within 48 hours of any complaint regarding their content. Should the publisher in question refuse, they’d face a fine of up to €25,000 (£20,700).
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