Facebook has a growing problem with hate speech, and the German government is demanding that the social networking platform tackle the issue. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visits Berlin to answer his critics.
Major tech firms are denying services to white supremacists in response to Charlottesville violence. The crackdown is a rare departure for an industry that has faced criticism for not doing enough to block hate speech.
Many German politicians are regularly threatened and insulted online. The Greens parliamentarian, Özcan Mutlu, is just one example. As election season heats up, so too do the reactions on social media.
German lawmakers have approved a controversial law that would impose high fines on social media companies like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for failing to swiftly delete posts deemed to exhibit hate speech.
If German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has his way, platforms like Facebook will face fines for hosting illegal content. In a rare direct statement, Facebook says it should not be tasked with "state responsibilities."
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