as informed in Maas says research shows that Twitter deletes just 1 percent of illegal content flagged by users, while Facebook deletes 39 percent.
Germany’s justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory “fake news.”
He says measures to combat hate speech, which can include so-called fake news, will ultimately have to be taken at the European level to be effective.
Heiko Maas says sites should also nominate a person responsible for handling complaints, who could face fines of up to 5 million euros personally if the company fails to abide by mandatory standards.
Maas said Tuesday the proposals will become part of a bill that will be put to Parliament.
Germany plans to fine social media sites over hate speech
Failing to comply could result in a fine of up to five million euros on the individual deemed responsible for the company in Germany and 50 million euros ($53 million) against the organisations themselves, he said.
Facebook, Google and Twitter were not immediately available to comment on the draft law, elements of which had been signalled previously.
The government is seeking to update these rules for the social media age.
ReutersUPDATE 1-Germany plans to fine social media sites over hate speech(Adds details of draft law, context) BERLIN, March 14 (Reuters) – Germany’sJustice Minister on Tuesday put forward a new draft law calling for social networks like Facebook to remove slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($53.15 million).
“This (draft law) sets out binding standards for the way operators of social networks deal with complaints and obliges them to delete criminal content,” Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement announcing the plans.
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