Germany starts enforcing hate speech law

 

Sites that do not remove "obviously illegal" posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material. Social networks and media sites with more than two million members will fall under the law's provisions. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be the law's main focus but it is also likely to be applied to Reddit, Tumblr and Russian social network VK. Other sites such as Vimeo and Flickr could also be caught up in its provisions. Germany's justice ministry said it would make forms available on its site, which concerned citizens could use to report content that violates NetzDG or has not been taken down in time. The law has been controversial in Germany with some saying it could lead to inadvertent censorship or curtail free speech.

The European Commission also published guidelines calling on social media sites to act faster to spot and remove hateful content.

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