Angela Merkel has previously said that Germany values free expression. If that is really the case why is it that the government wants to fine websites over $50 million because for user posts containing mean words? Seems like quite the contradiction here.
Germany’s justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory “fake news.”
The plan proposed Tuesday marks a further step in Germany’s attempt to impose its strict domestic laws against incitement on the free-wheeling world of online chatter.
Justice Minister Heiko Maas, a member of the center-left Social Democratic Party, said social media companies had already taken voluntary steps to crack down on hate crimes that have resulted in improvements.
“This isn’t sufficient yet,” Maas said, citing research that he said showed Twitter deletes just 1 percent of illegal content flagged by users, while Facebook deletes 39 percent.
The proposal would require companies to provide a round-the-clock service for users to flag illegal content, which would have to be removed by the site within seven days. All copies of the content would also have to be deleted and social media companies would need to publish a quarterly report detailing how they have dealt with such material.
These proposals are so extreme that even websites like Facebook and Twitter which censor the shit out of material won’t be able to comply. It just isn’t possible for them to do this.
It should be obvious that Germany is one of the most tyrannical governments in the world today.
They put people in prison for having beliefs about fake historical events like the Jew Holocaust or for saying mean things about foreign invaders who are raping and killing people in the streets. This is the furthest thing from free expression.
There is very little difference between the current German government and what George Orwell depicted in his book 1984. Germany needs a revolution and they need one fast!