Social Networks that fail to remove offensive posts within 24 hours will be fined up to 50 million euros.
With the arrival of 2018, Germany will begin to fine social networks up to to €50 million (roughly $58 million) should they fail to remove posts containing “hate speech” or “obviously illegal” material. They must remove it within 24 hours, or seven days for “complex cases.”
Prior to the removal of the grace period, it is unclear whether any social networks have complied or failed to comply with the new law. Germany isn’t alone in asking tech companies to take down hate speech posts — the EU has made a similar request.
The new law focuses on the responsibility of the social networks to police their platforms. However, individuals who post “objectionable” material will likely face stiff penalties as well. In June, German police raided the homes of 36 people accused of hate speech or other illegal content.
Other European countries have also focused law enforcement resources on social networks and hate speech. Police in the U.K. have been quite busy policing online hate speech. So much so, that they have had to take time and resources away from other crimes like vandalism.
Many European law enforcement agencies, like the U.K. have devoted substantial resources to “awareness” campaigns as well. Although, speech that is considered “hate speech” appears to be ever expanding. Both the speech crackdowns on social networks and publicity campaigns have drawn substantial criticism at home and abroad.
Source – H/T Cherlynn Low