John Naughton: Facebook and Twitter could pay the price for hate speech | John Naughton

Germany’s proposal to fine social media companies for failing to remove illegal content is a significant moment in democracy’s battle with digital giants

The German government has published a draft law that will impose huge fines (up to €50m) on social networks that fail promptly to remove hate speech, fake news and other undesirable content from their platforms. Social media companies will be required to explain rules and complaint procedures clearly to users and follow up on each complaint. Content that is blatantly illegal must be taken down within 24 hours, while other law-breaking content must be taken down or blocked within seven days.

Said companies complain that this is yet another example of anti-American lobbying by Europe

Related: Fighting fake news: societies using technology to search for truth

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