Germany is threatening Facebook with legal action to extremism

Germany is threatening Facebook with legal action to extremism

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The German ministry of Justice has Facebook threatened with legal action if the social network won’t take action against extremist manifestations on the network.

Minister Heiko Maas of Justice told the newspaper Süddeitsche Zeitung that Facebook to does very little against extremism on the network. He states that the company is committed to the German law.

“Insults, incitement, and slander have nothing on Facebook to search”, said Maas. His ministry wants until early next year to check how Facebook acts against extremist manifestations.

The ministry wants Facebook to be punishable for messages on the network, if not faster prohibited messages on the network delete. “If other measures do not work, we need to fines think.”


Maas calls the social network to more transparency. He wants, for example, that Facebook makes public how many reports of stafbare messages it receives and which measures are taken.

Only then, according to the minister’s clear what the scale of the problem is and how it should be occurred. That would be that the pressure on both Facebook as Twitter increase.

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