Germany: Facebook, Google, and Twitter will remove hate speech quickly
The big Web companies will now have 24 hours to remove instances of hate speech after they have been first reported.
"When the limits of free speech are trespassed, when it is about criminal expressions, sedition, incitement to carry out criminal offences that threaten people, such content has to be deleted from the net. And we agree that as a rule this should be possible within 24 hours," said German Justice Minister Heiko Maas.
It is currently unclear whether the hate speech will be removed from view in Germany or deleted altogether from the social networks. Another unanswered question is whether only posts and comments originating from within Germany will be swiftly dealt with. ■