In Germany, social media companies were perhaps dreading the fireworks marking the start of the new year.
On Jan. 1, the country began enforcing strict rules that could see platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube being fined up to €5 million (about $6 million) if they don’t remove posts containing hate speech within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, BBC reported Monday.
The new hate speech rules, passed last June, require companies to maintain an “effective and transparent procedure for dealing with complaints” that users can access readily at anytime. Upon receiving a complaint, social media companies have to remove or block “obviously illegal content” within 24 hours, although they have up to a week when dealing with “complex cases.”
It’s interesting to see how social media giants deal with this. Will they implement a different “rule set” for German versions of their service, or these “hate speech” laws will be enforced site-wide? This was youTube’s response 2 years ago