Facebook, Twitter and Google face $50 million fines in Germany

The fines would be imposed if social media sites failed to remove illegal content. Illegal content includes as hate speech, extremist material and fake news...

Facebook, Twitter and Google face $50 million fines in Germany

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.

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