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Germany: Facebook, Google, and Twitter will remove hate speech quickly

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The German government has a deal with Facebook, Google, and Twitter will supposedly make it easier to report and remove hate speech from the internet.

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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.

The agreement also changes how the complaints are processed. By the new workflow, they will be assessed by "specialist teams" at the companies, which will look at them from the standpoint of German law "and no longer just the terms of use of each network," Maas said.

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.

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