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Germany considers fining social media companies that fail to remove hate speech

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Germany considers fining social media companies that fail to remove hate speech

The new law introduced by the German Justice Ministry would apply when a social media company does not quickly remove threats, hate speech or slanderous fake news. The ministry also urges social media companies to nominate a person to handle complaints from users, the Verge reported.

Under the proposed law, any “obviously illegal content” would need to be removed within 24 days, while material that is reported and later deemed illegal would need to be deleted within seven days.

The Financial Times took a positive view on the draft law, calling it an effort to extend the existing hate speech laws to “hugely important media outlets” – social media platforms.

Meanwhile, social media giants came under pressure during the UK Commons home affairs committee, where MPs criticised them for not acting strongly enough to tackle hate speech online, the Guardian reported. However, the UK digital and culture minister Matt Hancock said he wasn’t looking for “legislative solutions” to address the spread of fake news, according to the Financial Times

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Teemu Henriksson

Date

2017-03-15 13:55

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