Government has no interest in Dutch boetewet social media

Government has no interest in Dutch boetewet social media

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The government sees nothing in a new law requiring social media to be fined for spreading hate messages.

That write to ministers ministers Stef Blok (Security and Justice) and Ronald Plasterk (Internal Affairs) in a comment on a submitted motion. The motion was called for a new German law to investigate, to see if something similar happens in the Netherlands is feasible.

In Germany, at the end of June a new law was passed, that social media is mandatory to hate and illegal messages to delete. If this is not done, then there can be a fine of up to eur 50 million can be imposed.

According to Block and Plasterk such a law in the Netherlands counterproductive. “For example, compared to unnecessarily restrict the freedom of expression”, reads the letter.

The ministers refer to existing legislation, which makes it possible to prevent illegal content via the right offline to get

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