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Hate Speech Must Be Removed By Google, Twitter and Facebook Within 24 Hours

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A new agreement has been made stating that Google, Twitter and Facebook must all make sure that hate speech is removed from their websites in the 24 hours after appearance. This decision was made due to the huge amount of refugees this year who have received a lot of criticism and comment on social platforms. The decision has come from Germany this week, after they had contacted Facebook about hate speech that had failed to be removed.

The agreement is based on the fact that there has been an unacceptable amount of people who are getting away with hate speech and German Justice Minister Heiko Maas says that this law will make it easier to report such incidents. 'When the limits of free speech are trespassed, when it is about [...] incitement to carry out criminal offences that threaten people, such content has to be deleted from the net. And we agree that as a rule this should be possible within 24 hours.' said Maas on the matter.

Having be overwhelmed by the amount of immigration just this year, some have taken it very badly and decided they might get better response to their complaints by using social media platforms. Anti-racist groups have done their best to fight against them, but unfortunately it has proven extremely difficult. With this new rule however, Facebook, Google and Twitter will not only have the right, but will have to ensure the posts are removed as quickly as possible. This will avoid any real damage or offence to a person.

The man responsible for the central, northern and eastern Europe Facebook management, Martin Ott, was being accused of failure to remove racist or abusive comments. Based in Hamburg, the offices where he works from were vandalised just this week, possibly in relation to all of this, while decisions were being made in Germany. It was not sure at the time what had caused the attacks, but now the final decision has been confirmed Facebook will have to be more careful about the content posted on the platform. Despite this, a spokesperson from Facebook defended the social network by claiming that at the time of the attack on the offices, no one had violated any laws. With the ultimate decision made, things are certainly going to pick up and change not only for Facebook, but Google and Twitter too as the management teams are having to pay even closer attention to what their users are posting and which groups should not be allowed to remain on the platforms.



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Hate Speech Must Be Removed By Google, Twitter and Facebook Within 24 Hours Reviewed by Sophie Giscard on Friday, December 18, 2015 Rating: 5

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