Germany implements new internet hate speech crackdown
A new German law named NetzDG that will force social media sites to delete offensive content has come into effect with the New Year. There are plenty of critics on both the far-right and among internet activists.
Facebook, Twitter, and Google will need to get used to new rules in Germany from Monday, as a new law comes into effect designed to clamp down on hate speech and illegal content on the internet.
January 1 marks the end of the transitional period of the “network enforcement law” (NetzDG), which forces any internet platform with more than 2 million users to implement more efficient and effective ways to report and delete potentially illegal content. Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram will all come under the new law, though professional networks like LinkedIn and Xing are expressly excluded, as are messaging services like WhatsApp.
She asked a simple question about German police tweeting in Arabic. The answer: Twitter ban. Facebook censored. Complaint filled by police. Poss charge of incitement to hatred.
Meanwhile, in Poland freedom of speech is alive and well and the Nightly news do not care about your feelings.
If CNN or MSNBC saw the way Islamic terror and Muslim immigration is covered on Polish TV they would need a double dose of Xanax.