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.