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  • Germany Threatens to Fine Facebook Over Hate Speech

  • Germany's justice minister says the government is considering making Facebook liable for hate speech posted on the social network

FILE - Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network, focusing on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partnering with outside fact-checkers to sort honest news reports from made-up stories that play to people's passions and preconceived notions. ( File), photo: AP/Matt Rourke

16 of December 2016 14:15:51

BERLIN – Germany's justice minister says the government is considering making Facebook liable for hate speech posted on the social network.Heiko Maas told a German newspaper that unless the California-based company swiftly deletes posts that are illegal under German law "we may have to think about fines."In the interview published Friday by Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Maas said requiring social networks to publish the number of complaints they get and how they are handled "would increase the pressure on Facebook, Twitter."Fellow Social Democratic Party member Thomas Oppermann told weekly Der Spiegel that dominant social media sites like Facebook could be required to delete illegal posts within 24 hours or face fines up to 500,000 euros ($522,000).Facebook has said it is working with German authorities to tackle hate speech



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