Hundreds of Facebook Posts Deleted Under Germany’s Online Hate Speech Law

Facebook said this week that it had taken down 362 offensive posts after Germany’s NetzDG came into effect at the beginning of the year.

The company added that non-compliance with the online hate speech law could result to fines up to 50 million euros. Vice president for global policy solutions Richard Allan also emphasized that hate speech is against the platform’s policy and they have removed posts that attacked people who were vulnerable for reasons including ethnicity, nationality, religion or sexual orientation.

Germany’s criminal code considers insult, defamation, incitement to hatred and incitement to crime as offences. It was noted that most of the posts got taken down for insults.


Source: Reuters

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