berlin - Germany is getting harder against hate speech, threats and fake news on social media. Companies like Facebook and Twitter should remove objectionable messages within 24 hours after receiving a clue. If they do not systematically, they will risk a fine of up to 50 million euros.
The German parliament approved a controversial bill on Friday that Justice Minister Heiko Maas recently submitted. The internet industry is very critical of the new rules. Companies do not think they need to be saddled with the decision whether a contribution can be made by the bracket or not. Also, the freedom of expression would be at stake.