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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

1984 - Internet Free Speech Crackdown in Germany

It's Back to the Future
Germany returns to its roots and
abolishes freedom of speech

UPDATE  -  Beatrix von Storch, a leading figure in the Alternative for Germany party, is one of the first hit by new hate speech laws on social media. She was blocked from Twitter and Facebook on Monday after slamming the Cologne police for sending a New Year's tweet in Arabic.  More

(BBC)  -  Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material.
Sites that do not remove "obviously illegal" posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m).
The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material.
Social networks and media sites with more than two million members will fall under the law's provisions.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will be the law's main focus but it is also likely to be applied to Reddit, Tumblr and Russian social network VK. Other sites such as Vimeo and Flickr could also be caught up in its provisions.
The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law was passed at the end of June 2017 and came into force in early October.
The social networks were given until the end of 2017 to prepare themselves for the arrival of NetzDG.
Germany's justice ministry said it would make forms available on its site, which concerned citizens could use to report content that violates NetzDG or has not been taken down in time.
As well as forcing social media firms to act quickly, NetzDG requires them to put in place a comprehensive complaints structure so that posts can quickly be reported to staff.
Most material will have to be removed within 24 hours but networks will have a week to act on "complex cases".

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The End of Free Speech


jung kachung from Vindibonna said...

Germans are "spooked" always on their common past on nazis .
They got no saying on then own life and country before ... i think more 125.000 years .

jung kachung from Vindibonna said...

simpled minded germans