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Lawmakers in Albania have revised the criminal code to punish libel in social media, including on major platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, Balkan Insight reports. They announced the change in a statement 14 February without evidently offering further details.
In recent years social networking has grown rapidly in Albania, Balkan Insight says. Today more than 1 million Albanians, roughly 80 percent of the population with Internet access, use Facebook.
Under the amendments to the criminal code, the penalties for defamation and slander are also reduced from imprisonment to fines, according to Balkan Insight.