Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies

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Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies:

BERLIN — Social media companies operating in Germany face fines of as much as $57 million if they do not delete illegal, racist or slanderous comments and posts within 24 hours under a law passed on Friday.

The law reinforces Germany’s position as one of the most aggressive countries in the Western world at forcing companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to crack down on hate speech and other extremist messaging on their digital platforms.

This is a good law. There are similar laws already in place in France, where this site is hosted. I intend to place the bar somewhat higher than the law intends.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksverhetzung
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incitement_to_ethnic_or_racial_hatred

[In France] Section 24 of the Press Law of 1881 criminalizes incitement to racial discrimination, hatred, or violence on the basis of one's origin or membership in an ethnic, national, racial, or religious group. A criminal code provision deems it an offense to engage in similar conduct via private communication.