Germany Threaten Facebook With ‘Huge Fines’ If They Don’t Remove Alternative News

by Sean Adl-Tabatabai

Germany will impose fines of up to 50 million euros if Facebook don't remove alternative news content from their platform.

Germany will impose fines of up to 50 million euros if Facebook don’t remove alternative news content from their platform. 

A new law being drafted will see social media firms face hefty fines if they take longer than seven days to remove content that German authorities deem to be “illegal” – including so-called fake news.

Germany’s justice minister, Heiko Mass, says that social media giants such as Facebook have not done enough to tackle content that the government deems ‘subversive’.

BBC News reports:

The proposal requires sites to run 24-hour helplines and to delete flagged content within seven days.

‘Utterly impossible’

Social media firms such as Twitter and Facebook were getting better at handling illegal content, said Mr Maas, but both had a long way to go.

Mr Maas quoted research which suggested Twitter deletes only 1% of the hate speech it is told about by users, and Facebook, 39%.

“This isn’t sufficient yet,” said Mr Maas.

Racism and hate speech are believed to have become more prevalent on German social media following the arrival of large number of refugees in Germany.

Any content that was “clearly criminal” would have to be removed within 24 hours under conditions outlined in the draft law. If, after an investigation, content is found to be criminal then that must be removed in seven days. The people who posted the illegal content must also be told about its deletion.

The proposed law would require each network to run fully staffed, round-the-clock reporting systems and to name an individual responsible for handling complaints. That person could face an individually levied fine of five million euros if companies break laws governing what can be published.

Mr Maas said the law could apply to fake news articles if they proved to be slanderous, defamatory or libellous.

Facebook did not comment directly on the proposal but said tests it commissioned showed it removed a higher percentage of illegal content than Mr Maas claimed. The social network said it expected to have 700 people employed in Berlin by the end of 2017 overseeing its efforts to review flagged content.

German digital trade association Bitkom criticised the proposed law. It told the Financial Times that the requirement to remove material within 24 hours on sites that handle more than one billion posts per day was “utterly impossible to implement in operational terms”.


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  • Deep Space

    Why does Merkel hate the German People?

    • BJ

      Because Merkel is a Luciferian Globalist, the Obama of Germany.

    • JCMR

      Because she does not consider herself German. She considers herself a citizen of the world (evil Globalist) who micro manages what for her and her cronies is a non existent territory called Germany. Germany is just a name.

    • Lophatt

      If you saw the video clip of someone handing her a German flag you’d understand it all. She had a look of total disgust. She couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. That’s what’s going on all over now. They are trying to shift the thinking to globalism. Any nationalism or independence is being portrayed as dangerous and radical.

      Of course it makes no sense, but the current generation of kids are not taught any national pride at all. They are to be worshippers of the state and the “state” is global.

  • Gilfavor

    “Heil Merkel ! “

    • franknfree

      Please. There is no comparison between Hitler and this pygmy, except the moustache.

  • TellTheTruth-2

    Maybe we should encourage Putin to take over Germany and restore liberty to the German people?

    • BJ

      Just oust Merkel

  • Tom

    Only the Ministry Of Truth can provide you with New and Views.

  • desertspeaks

    you will only show the people government approved propaganda or we will beat you into submission with fines!.. now stop letting people tell the truth or we’ll lose what little control we have left!

  • James Leonard

    “Illegal content” decisions belong in the court. We’ve seen hate speech and racism defined as displaying your country’s flag, using “he” or “she” when speaking, being a man, supporting a constitution, and other normal, natural human behavior. People should understand that due process in Germany is being replaced by arbitrary government dictate. Freedom in Germany is doomed.

    • Doctor Goldstein

      Germany is 8-10 years from being a Caliphate with Sharia Law.

      • Stop Bush and Clinton

        Nonsense. Merkel is a full-fledged Nazi who would just love to put all Muslims into concentration camps. Remember she was just about the first person outside of the Bush administration who called for the illegal genocidal invasion of Iraq?

        Merkel is mass-importing refugees so she gets an excuse to put up those concentration camps. And once the Muslims are gone, her political opponents are next.

  • gmatch

    Germany is still occupied by fascist US troops. Go home Ami and take your supporters with you.

  • Tom Darilek

    Bring back free speech.

  • August

    Old Hag Merkel needs to be deleted…

  • ceonwulf

    You mean the people that control Germany. It’s been an occupied country since 1945.

  • garwain

    Vee haff vays off making you talk ze (official) talk.

  • Alabama Mothman

    But, we’re the fascist.

  • Sink Chicken

    welcome back fascism.

  • Tark McCoy

    Looks like Facebook will just have to ban access from within Germany, that’s simple enough to do. THAT might generate a little ire from the people of Germany.

  • Zaphod Braden

    So Germany is back to BOOK BURNING ……………………

    Have you noticed the absolute Sociopathic lack of human empathy, sympathy, or concern for the victims of these invaders. Not only are there no MSM “human interest” stories about the individual’s traumas, their stories are DENIED by MSM, Politicians, and the very Priests that are supposed to comfort and care for “Their Flocks”. Scumbag “priests” betraying their own People, there will be a special place in Hell for them.
    (1) Charity and “good works” are done with YOUR money and time. Taking MY money and giving it to someone else is THEFT. We bring puppies into our house, poisonous vipers and skunks are banned. Do not make the REFUJIHADIS walk all the way here ,,,, You go to the REFUJIHADIS’ homeland on Your dime after all, they will feel more comfortable at home.

    (2) Remember, Democrats are the people who didn’t care when 70,000 factories closed across America, but then rioted in the streets when we denied entry to foreigners from a few terrorist-laden countries.
    (3) You are all concerned about them but you do not give a FIG about how your own neighbors feel. Who made you god, to just invite anybody & everybody into Our house, without asking the OTHER RESIDENTS if it is okay? Go see a psychiatrist.

  • Zaphod Braden

    Hang Merkel, Juncker, and any priest or politician that betrays the Citizens ……..
    as an example for the next leaders to do their duty.
    It is government’s main duty to kill raping, pillaging, murdering, invaders at the border.
    Then to hang any traitor who opens the City Gates to them ……..
    Sink the Invader’s Landing Craft and shoot any that make it to the shore line.
    Immigration without Assimilation is Invasion.
    LEADERS protect their Citizens ….. TRAITORS allow enemies in to attack the Citizens.

  • Stop Bush and Clinton

    The difference between Merkel and Hitler: 80 years of advancement in propaganda, leading to some renaming.

    “Greater Germany” now called “EU”
    “Gestapo” existence now lied about (Merkel’s surveillance machine is bigger than Gestapo and Stasi combined)
    “Department of War” renamed to “Department of Defense” (even though it doesn’t do anything to defend anyone)
    “Book Burning” now called “Stopping Fake News”

    And of course “Russians” are the new “Jews”.