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Germany considers 50 million euro fines for social media companies that fail to remove hate speech

according to The German Justice Ministry has introduced a draft law that would impose fines of up to €50 million ($53.2 million) on social media companies that fail to quickly remove hate speech and other illegal content from their platforms.
According to the Associated Press, the fines would be imposed whenever Facebook or other web companies do not swiftly remove online threats, hate speech, or slanderous fake news.
In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We have clear rules against hate speech and work hard to keep it off our platform.
The ministry is also calling on social media companies to name one person responsible for handling complaints.
In 2015, Facebook, Google, and Twitter agreed to review and remove reported hate speech in Germany within 24 hours, and Maas has suggested that Facebook should be treated as a media company under German law.

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Germany proposes hefty hate speech fines for social media companies


A proposed hate speech law in Germany could lead to millions of dollars in fines for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
According to The New York Times, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas announced a proposal that would impose hefty fines on platforms that are not aggressively policing users’ hate speech.
“We have clear rules against hate speech and work hard to keep it off our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
A study published on Tuesday found that Facebook and Twitter are falling short of Germany’s benchmark that companies should remove 70 percent of hate speech within 24 hours of discovering the content.
By the end of the year over 700 people will be working on content review for Facebook in Berlin.

German official wants $53 million fines for social media hate posts

referring to 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.”

But he noted that fake news could constitute illegal content “if it constitutes slander, defamation or libel.”
Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party, said social media companies had already taken voluntary steps to crack down on hate crimes that have resulted in improvements.
However, the company noted a number of measures taken in recent months that it said are designed to prevent abuse and allow users to filter unwanted content.
The proposal would require companies to provide a round-the-clock service for users to flag illegal content, which would have to be removed by the site within seven days.
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