Germany implements new internet hate speech crackdown

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.

  • Stasi

    Anybody who views this blog, or criticizes Frau Merkel, Islam or immigration will now be reported to the German authorities!

  • Watchman

    Jihadist web sites unlikely to be affected, I don’t think the islamists in Germany are going to be that concerned by this, especially if the stuff they are posting is in Arabic or Turkish, as they can always claim mistranslation as a defence.

  • simus1

    The weimar republic II
    rises from the collective German mind swamp once more

    • CodexCoder

      And the lesson of history is that history teaches most people absolutely nothing because they
      A.) believe that mankind has fundamentally changed (which it hasn’t)
      B.) ignore the patterns of history even if it is within their own lifetime
      C.) are too bored by history to understand its importance

  • Brett_McS

    By hobbling the big players this will create an opening for smaller challengers. Controlling the internet is a very difficult proposition.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I for one hope that those American companies put their services in Europe behind a paywall so when the governments come for their annual tribute it’s paid for directly by the consumers themselves