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Germany: a strict law against hate speech, fines of 50 million euros

Germany against hate speech, a law provides fines of up to 50 million euros on social media that do not remove offensive messages within 24 hours

Germany aims to eliminate l hate speech, online hate speech, with a law that imposes heavy fines on social media that cannot remove the offensive messages within 24

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Hate Speech: up to 50 million fine in Germany

With January 1 in Germany the term of leniency expired and a set of strict rules fully implemented came into effect sanction the main social networks and similar, like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with fines up to 50 million euros, if posts containing hate speech elements are not removed within 24 hours of receiving a complaint.

The new law to fight hate speech, hate speech and fake news, which was approved in June, entered into force formally in October, but the companies had time until January 1 to prepare. The law requires companies to maintain an "effective and transparent procedure to deal with complaints" that users can make at any time. After receiving a complaint, social media companies must remove or block "obviously illegal content" within 24 hours , even if they have up to a week when it comes to "complex cases".

Hate speech: fines up to 50 million euros for social media

The rule clearly exemplifies the new trend that social media companies have to face starting in 2018 and beyond. Technology giants are now being monitored while they are grappling with their size and influence globally and there are new threats to their work due to new regulations by governments around the world. In the United States, for example, lawmakers have taken a tougher stance towards these companies since Russian agents abused major social media sites to influence the 2016 presidential elections.

Hate speech and fake what the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz law provides

The huge amount of content that incites allodic, in particular, a growing problem for such sites. In June, Facebook claimed to remove 66,000 posts of this type each week. The company stated that it intends to do better, but stressed that the task is not easy. Last month, Facebook implemented new tools to try to curb the abuses that take place on its platform: a new feature, for example, tries to make sure that when you block someone who is harassing you, the person cannot simply create a new account and continue with the harassment; the tool works by analyzing various signals, such as the person's IP address.

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Also last month, Twitter intensified the fight against hate speech, reinforcing its efforts with up-to-date regulation that prohibits people from promoting violence and hatred in their user and bio names and that threatens to shut down user accounts that tweet by inciting allodium, including symbols and images.

The German government is not the only one who wants to see a renewed deeper commitment of social media in fighting hate crimes (hate speech, fake news, incitement to hatred) in fact the European Union, despite having noticed an improvement in efforts to do so in 2017 by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and Microsoft, have spurred a renewed commitment to this end in order to combat hate speech and online abuse.

Hate speech and hate speech on YouTube

A YouTube spokesperson recently stated that the platform determined to be part of solving the problems related to hate speech and illicit incitement to allod and content from the extremist tenor, both in Germany, and in the world and that they will continue to invest to this end and to put in place all the necessary interventions, including those required by the new German legislation on the matter.

Hate speech and fake news: the Facebook Germany law and Zuck's commitment

The growing criticism on a global level has also forced Facebook to be more introspective about the potential negative effects that the platform can have on people's well-being and, in fact, last month stated that its social network can have an effect. negative on the psyche of the people who passively and in isolation the contents found there. The company introduced a de facto stand-by command last month to allow you to ignore any annoying friends for 30 days.