Why an Ambitious New Online Anti-Hate Speech Law Is Backfiring in Germany

January 15, 2018

The law is an attempt to transfer existing anti-hate legislation online. Any social media network with 2 million or more users in Germany — so Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat — is required to comply with German anti-hate laws by quickly removing illegal material from its platform. Once posts are flagged by users, sites have 24 hours to remove “obviously illegal” content — the law outlines 20 things in this category, including showing the swastika or inciting hatred — and a week in “complex cases.” If they don't, they could face a $60 million (€50 million fine).

Read more at: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-an-ambitious-new-online-anti-hate-speech-law-is-backfiring-germany-1074232



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