Now, this is probably one of the most surprising news that have been released in the past few weeks. It seems that the German government has reached an agreement with Google, Facebook and Twitter, to block and delete hate speech from their platforms within 24 hours.
This action has come after the three companies have been under increased pressure to curb racism online. It is well known the fact that Germany continues to have big problems with refugees and they are expecting to have approximately 1 million migrants from war-torn countries like Afghanistan and Syria. This critical situation has born a lot of hate from nationalist groups on social media platforms, so German officials have decided to stop the hateful speech.
“When the limits of free speech are trespassed, when it is about criminal expressions, sedition, incitement to carry out criminal offenses that threaten people, such content has to be deleted from the net,” declared German Justice Minister Heiko Maas. “And we agree that as a rule, this should be possible within 24 hours,” he continued.
So, this means that criminal expressions, offences that threaten people or any kind of expression that had crossed the boundaries of free speech, will be immediately deleted from social medial platforms, like Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Facebook has agreed to work with the German government and they started to combat hate speech on the popular platform. “There’s no place for content such as hate speech, incitement or glorification of violence on Facebook. We urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate and take swift action. We complete the review of the vast majority of reports within 24 hours,” a Facebook spokesperson declared.
“We’re committed to working with Governments on this issue and work to review the majority of flagged content within 24 hours. YouTube’s policies have long prohibited hate speech and extremism, and we comply quickly with valid law enforcement requests,” a Google spokesperson stated.
Without a doubt, this a good move from the German government, because this way they will stop racism and probably other violent behaviors.