Germany’s Social Media Hate Speech Law

RedViking

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A new law has come into force in Germany aimed at regulating social media platforms to ensure they remove hate speech within set periods of receiving complaints — within 24 hours in straightforward cases or within seven days where evaluation of content is more difficult.

The name of the law translates to ‘Enforcement on Social Networks’. It’s also referred to as NetzDG, an abbreviation of its full German name.

Fines of up to €50 million can be applied under the law if social media platforms fail to comply, though as Spiegal Online reports there is a transition period for companies to gear up for compliance — which will end on January 1, 2018. However the Ministry in charge has started inspections this month..............
https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/02/germanys-social-media-hate-speech-law-is-now-in-effect/


Should our government regulate social media?
What stops governments from exploiting and using it for personal agendas?
 

thestaggy

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A new law has come into force in Germany aimed at regulating social media platforms to ensure they remove hate speech within set periods of receiving complaints
I can see this being a problem.

Media campaigns are incredibly powerful, so what is to stop one group of people targeting a source they do not like on ideological grounds and just hammering them with complaints, leading to what is effectively suppression of ideas, media and free speech?

We've seen in the US how the regressive left is effectively shutting down dialogue on college campuses by suppressing everyone from the centrist to the right-winger.
 

konfab

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I can see this being a problem.

Media campaigns are incredibly powerful, so what is to stop one group of people targeting a source they do not like on ideological grounds and just hammering them with complaints, leading to what is effectively suppression of ideas, media and free speech?

We've seen in the US how the regressive left is effectively shutting down dialogue on college campuses by suppressing everyone from the centrist to the right-winger.
The best thing for the Germans who give a hoot about freedom of speech would be to swamp said institution with complaints such that it becomes unmanageable.
 
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