Monday, July 03, 2017

Germany passes new legislation to fine social media outlets who do not remove fake news.

Courtesy of Business Insider:  

Facebook, YouTube, and other social media firms will be fined up to €50 million (£43.9 million) by Germany if they fail to remove hate speech and other criminal content within 24 hours, BBC News reports. 

The new legislation, which applies to platforms with more than 2 million users, will come into effect in October after German MPs voted in favour of the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law. 

"Our experience has shown that unfortunately, social media companies do not improve their procedures without political pressure," said Justice Minister Heiko Mass, who oversaw the legislation, according to BBC News. 

The law comes after several high-profile incidents of fake news and terrorist content spread on Facebook and YouTube in Germany.

Seems reasonable.

And German needs to be very vigilant in order to keep the same thing that happened here, with the election of Donald Trump, from happening there. 


  1. Anonymous4:48 AM

  2. Anonymous4:57 AM

    OT?“leading a formal initiative to challenge mainstream climate science:” to Sow Doubts About Climate Change"

  3. Anonymous5:30 AM

    Gee, that would mean fines for just about anything that Trump or his GOP minions say!

  4. Anonymous5:59 AM

    Hey, Germany, Macron and France were smart enough to beat them at their own game. You can too!

    1. Don't bet the rent.

  5. Anonymous7:16 AM

    Fake news and those that create fake email addresses to send junk/scam email.

  6. Anonymous8:18 AM

    $peaker $neaker:

    1. Anonymous8:40 AM

      "by pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce CO2 emissions, Trump is causing “avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and for our children.”“I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarized technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous. The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space,” <Steven Hawking

  7. Germany has a lot more experience with this. They *have* learned from history and have worked very hard to make sure it doesn't repeat itself.

  8. Anonymous5:46 PM

    I had a Belgian bus tour at my work today and they were so delightful. The asked me, with a sense of temerity, if I was as horrified as they are regarding our "POTUS" and of course I answered that I was probably more so than they.

    They've been traveling rather extensively throughout the US and said that quite frankly they've met many people in their travels that left them unsurprised by who they elected as their leader as they said they were very concerned at how uneducated most Americans seem to be. I told them there are pockets of intelligence and sanity but nonetheless America elected a man who represents the most basic aspects of our "junk culture", basically a Kardashian with political aspirations made it into the highest office in the land.

    They and I both expressed little faith that America will be able to pull ourselves out of this basement of depravity and they said that most European countries would be happy to take our "smart people".



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