German cabinet adopts new hate speech measures

The German Cabinet has passed new plans to oblige social media giants like Facebook and YouTube to report instances of hate speech to the authorities.

Content that comes under the new measures includes far-right material, violent content including murder and rape threats, terrorist threats and the dissemination of child sexual abuse images.

“In the future, those who make threats or spread hate online will be prosecuted more toughly and more effectively,” Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said on her ministry’s website.

Social media platforms are already required to remove harmful content from their interfaces within a 24-hour time frame. The new measures will still need to be approved by Parliament.

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