Germany's stance | How the nation blocks hate speech on social media

Germany's Network Enforcement Act, or NetzDG, requires social media companies to block clearly illegal content within 24 hours, and more ambiguous cases within seven days, or face fines of up to 50 million euros for systematic breaches.

Since the law came into force in January Facebook, Twitter and YouTube said they had blocked tens of thousands of posts, videos and comments - most within 24 hours.

That deadline was met by YouTube in 93 pc of cases, by Twitter in 90 pc of cases and by Facebook in 76 pc of cases, according to reports filed by the companies. An EU monitoring exercise last year measuring slightly different criteria found response rates of 62 pc, 80 pc and 89 pc respectively.

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