Germany’s justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory “fake news.”
The plan proposed Tuesday marks a further step in Germany’s attempt to impose its strict domestic laws against incitement on the free-wheeling world of online chatter.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party, said social media companies had already taken voluntary steps to crack down on hate crimes that have resulted in improvements.
“This isn’t sufficient yet,” Maas said, citing research that he said showed Twitter deletes just 1 percent of illegal content flagged by users, while Facebook deletes 39 percent.
The proposal would require companies to provide a round-the-clock service for users to flag illegal content, which would have to be removed by the site within seven days. All copies of the content would also have to be deleted and social media companies would need to publish a quarterly report detailing how they have dealt with such material.
Sites would also have to nominate a person responsible for handling complaints, who could face fines of up to 5 million euros personally if the company fails to abide by mandatory standards.
Trump kicks CNN out of his press conferences and he’s considered Hitler. Germany wants to clamp down on any opinion they deem hateful (aka: truthful and anti-pc) as illegal activity that can be punishable with jail time. Then the left tells us that Twitter can do whatever they want because they’re a privately owned company.
So basically, when Trump tells CNN they can’t be in on the fun and games because they cheat, he’s a monster that hates free speech and criticism. But Twitter and other platforms can kick people off because that’s their right.
Don’t even try attempting the mental gymnastics. You’ll get a concussion. Free speech is what the left says it is.