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German law requires companies to delete hate speech

2017-06-30 15:54 by


Germany has passed a new law for social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, that requires hate speech to be taken down in 24 hours or networks will face fines of up to €50 million ($57 million).

Called the Network Enforcement Act or "Facebook Law," it was passed by Germany's parliament on Friday, and will go into effect starting this October.

Digital rights activists and tech giants had furiously opposed the law, claiming it amounted to a clampdown on free expression as platforms such as Facebook had too much incentive to take down posts without properly considering their context.

"We believe the best solutions will be found when government, civil society and industry work together and that this law as it stands now will not improve efforts to tackle this important societal problem," Facebook said in a statement. "We feel that the lack of scrutiny and consultation do not do justice to the importance of the subject. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure safety for the people on our platform."

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