Earlier in April, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved the proposed law to fine companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter if the companies don’t take any action against the hate speech or other criminal contents. And now, the companies and other human rights groups have fought back to the proposed law claiming that if the law is implemented, it would have negative influence on the freedom of speech in the country.
Talking about the proposed move, board member of Global Network Initiative (GNI) Mark Stephens said, “The practical effect of this bill would be to outsource decisions on the balance between the fundamental right of freedom of expression and other legally protected rights to private companies.”
“Companies facing the threat of multi-million euro fines will be compelled to broadly censor the internet, restricting the use of their services for any content that could be considered controversial.”
This recent law touches on a sensitive issue as both Google and Facebook are currently facing major issues with their fake news problems. However, both Google and Facebook have clear stance against nudity as Google have strict policy against showing ads on sites that show nudity. With the election due in September, it will be worthwhile to see if the proposed law actually comes to fruition.
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