Germany Starts Enforcing Hate Speech Law

Posted on January 1, 2018


Germany is enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material.

The law gives networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material.

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be the law’s main focus, but is is also likely to be applied to Reddit, Tumblr and Russian social network VK. Other sites such as Vimeo and Flicker could also be caught in the provisions.

The German law passed at the end of June, 2017, went into force in early October.

Germany’s justice ministry said it would make forms available on its site, that concerned citizens could use to report content that violates the law or has not been taken down.

This law has been controversial in Germany with citizens saying it could lead to inadvertent censorship or curtail free speech.

I believe we need to work on a similar law regulating hate speech, fake news and illegal material on social media sites in this country.

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