Germany Fines Facebook €2 Million for Violating Hate Speech Law

Germany Fines Facebook €2 Million for Violating Hate Speech Law

Although Facebook’s problem with the hate speech on the social networking platform isn’t something new, earlier today, Germany has fined the company for violating the country’s law to combat hate speech.

The Federal Office for Justice announced earlier on Tuesday that it has issued a €2 million fine after Facebook failed to meet the requirements of Berlin’s Network Enforcement Act in the company’s transparency report for the first half of 2018.

Although Facebook has encountered a number of fines from European countries over last couple of months regarding data usage, this is the first time the social networking giant is facing a fine over the company’s policies regarding hate speech.

In the announcement, the office said, “In the penalty charge notice, the BfJ reprimands in particular that in the released report, the number of received complaints about unlawful content is incomplete”

According to the officials, this is creating a distorted image in the public about the extent of unlawful content on the social network. The law, known as NetzDG, came into effect from January 1, 2018. Under the law, internet companies are required to remove illegal contents from their networks or face fines up to €50 million.

This latest news comes just days after the social network was fined €1 in Italy after the country’s authority found data leaked in the Cambridge Analytica scandal had affected over 200,000 Italian users on the platform.

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