The German government yesterday reached an agreement with Facebook, Google and Twitter, to remove hate speech for 24 hours as it strengthens efforts to combat the racist sentiments expressed online as a result of the European crisis of refugees.
The German agreed to take hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of whom fled the civil war and ongoing spread of ISIS in Syria. The conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan also feeds refugee crisis. The influx of migrants in Germany, which agreed to take the largest number of refugees has led to an increase in racist sentiments expressed via web platforms such as Facebook.
Reuters quoted the Minister of Justice of Germany Heiko Maas, saying that “a criminal expression, sedition, incitement to carry out crimes that threaten people to” cross the boundaries of freedom of speech and that such content “should be removed from the network.” As in many European countries, Germany has some hate speech laws.
In September, Facebook has agreed to work with the German government to do more to combat hate speech on the platform in connection with the refugee crisis. He also said that he intended to work with local organizations to do more to solve this problem -. And has partnered with a local NGO Internet security, FSM
However, German prosecutors also began several investigations manager for Facebook’s alleged failure to remove racist messages, including the investigation of its European head of the Hamburg, which was launched last month. Facebook has denied all the allegations as having no foundation.
It is unclear whether Facebook, Google and Twitter to grow local staff to comply with the requirement of moderation remove hate propaganda within 24 hours. According to the BBC, “specialist” teams in each of the company will be used to assess complaints of hate speech to speed up the removal of racist messages.
We turned to Facebook, Google and Twitter for more information and will update this story with any response.
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