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German lawmakers’ nod to €50m social media fines

Jun 30, 2017, 7:43 AM EDT
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Social media networks in Germany could now face fines up to €50m if they fail to promptly pull out hate speech, defamatory “fake news” and other “obviously illegal” content.

According to the new law approved by German MPs, the social media platforms will have 24 hours to take down obviously illegal content and seven days to deal with less clear-cut cases, writes the BBC.

The government excluded email and messenger providers from the purview of the law amid concerns from digital companies, consumers and journalists that it could stifle free speech, notes Reuters.

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