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PostSubject: Deluded Germany tells social media companies to erase hate — or face fines up to $57 million    Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:01 am

BERLIN — Social media companies will face stiff penalties under a new German law for failing to swiftly remove hateful content.
The measure, which cleared Germany’s Parliament on Friday, stipulates fines of up to $57 million if companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google do not delete posts containing racist, defamatory or otherwise illegal speech within 24 hours. The measure is seen as a test case in the battle against fake news and online hate, problems bedeviling governments across the West. But Germany's muscular approach has human rights groups worried about a chilling effect on free expression.
“This law does not solve all problems, but it is an important step in the fight against hate crimes and punishable fake news in social networks,” said Germany’s justice minister, Heiko Maas. “Our experiences have clearly shown that without political pressures, the social networks will not change.”



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