The German government on Wednesday approved fines of up to $50 million against social networking sites that fail to remove illegal content, such as hate speech, extremist material and fake news, reported by users within a week. Germany has long pressed Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to delete hate speech from their websites at faster speeds.
‘Hate crimes that are not effectively combatted and prosecuted pose a great danger for the peaceful cohesion of a free, open and democratic society,’ said the government in a statement.
The statement said that executives of social media groups also risk individual fines up to $5 million in case of non-compliance.
Source : PTI