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Germany adopts strict online hate speech law
    2018-January-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

STARTING Monday, Germany will begin enforcing its new, harsher rules regarding hate speech and fake news posted online.

As reported by the BBC, sites like Facebook and Twitter could face fines of up to 50 million euros (US$60 million) if they do not remove “obviously illegal” posts as outlined by a law passed in June.

The law, known in Germany as Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, or NetzDG, requires social media sites to “put in place a comprehensive complaints structure so that posts can quickly be reported to staff,” as put by the BBC.

NetzDG came after several fake news, racist, xenophobic, and anti-Islam posts went viral across Germany in 2016 and early 2017.

Social media sites will have 24 hours to determine whether or not the reported material merits being taken down. NetzDG gives the sites a week to deliberate “complex” material.

As reported by BBC, Facebook has already hired hundreds of new employees in Germany to oversee the expected influx of reports.

NetzDG is widely regarded as the most extreme example of efforts by governments to curtail fake news and hate speech online. Free speech advocates in Germany worry that the law will lead to unwanted political censorship. Recently, The Intercept reported that Facebook has begun removing users at the behest of the Israeli and American governments.  (SD-Agencies)

 

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