Germany stands up to hate speech on social media

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  • Starting from January 1st, Germany began enforcing strict rules around social media platforms that could see them being fined up to €5 million if they don’t remove posts containing hate speech within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, or seven days for “complex cases”.

    The new rules around hate speech were passed last June, known as the Network Enforcement Act (or NetzDG).

    Any social network with more than 2 million members will come under this law.

    Companies are required to maintain an “effective and transparent procedure for dealing with complaints” that users can access at any time.

    In June Facebook stated that they remove 66,000 posts every week.

    Despite the huge criticism the law was met with, with people concerned over the implications on free speech, the European Union has made a similar request.

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