Germany Plans Heavy Fines on Social Media Firms that Don’t Delete ‘Hate Speech’
Associated Press
http://www.wbtv.com/…/germany-passes-law-against-online-hat…

German lawmakers approved a bill on Friday aimed at cracking down on hate speech on social networks, which critics say could have drastic consequences for free speech online. The measure approved is designed to enforce the country’s existing limits on speech, including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial. Among other things, it would fine social networking sites up to 50 million euros ($56 million) if they persistently fail to remove illegal content within a week, including defamatory “fake news.” … Social media platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have become a battleground for angry debates about Germany’s recent influx of more than one million refugees … Among those cheering the law was Germany’s main Jewish organization, which called it a “strong instrument against hate speech in social networks.”

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