The German Parliament at its last meeting before the summer approved a bill that would force Facebook and other social networks to remove texts containing incitement to hatred and false information.
This law was passed on Friday, June 30, July 2, reports the German edition of DW.
According to the document of major social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, within 24 hours after receiving a complaint have an obligation to delete illegal information posted by users. Otherwise, they face fines up to 5 million euros.
In addition, administrators of social networks should every six months to publish a list of deleted messages. On 7 July, the law will be considered by the upper house of Parliament – the Bundesrat, the newspaper reports.
The Federal Minister of justice Heiko Maas said that the law does not restrict freedom of opinion, and creates the conditions for its implementation.
Another point of view, along with representatives of the opposition in the Bundestag, adhere to the UN special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye, and non-governmental organization «reporters without borders», which indicate that we are talking about explicit restrictions on the freedom of expression.
Guide Facebook also believes that this law is contrary to European law.