Facebook denounces German bill against online haatberichten

Facebook denounces German bill against online haatberichten

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Facebook sees nothing in a German bill, that social media would require haatberichten timely to remove, and that substantial penalties can be imposed if that does not happen.

Heiko Maas, the German minister of Justice, introduced that bill in march. He wants fines of up to eur 50 million can be distributed as a social media illegal haatberichten not removed promptly.

In a statement to Engadget says Facebook the concern about the incitement to hatred and the parts of nepnieuws to share, but the proposal is “not suitable” to be found to address these problems.

“The bill offers an incentive to remove content that is not clearly illegal, as social networks are threatened with such high fines,” says a spokesperson of Facebook. “It would ensure that the responsibility for complex legal decisions of public authorities to private companies is transferred.”

Facebook says to want to work with governments and other organisations to haatberichten without legislative changes to address.


From documents the British newspaper The Guardian in the past week and a half has been published, it appears that Facebook has a very specific verwijderbeleid uses for insults, wraakporno and self-mutilation,

The social network show images of self-mutilation, animal cruelty and kinderpesterijen in many cases. Messages in which the Holocaust is denied, remain in some countries that have a legal prohibition on such statements have online.

The German government has since last year frequently criticized on Facebook because of extremist manifestations and nepnieuws on the social medium.

In other countries it is more and more criticism on the verwijderbeleid of Facebook. In the past few months had the techbedrijf several times to do with murders that were broadcast via livestreams on Facebook. The videos stayed then for hours online. Facebook said then three thousand new employees to want to take the content of video monitors.

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