Gap Fill - Hate Speech - Level 5


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   billion      clearly      complaints      concern      content      deadline      due      fake      financial      fines      hate      illegal      influence      law      minister      opinion      problem      seriously      users      utterly  
Social media sites in Germany could face of $50 million for removing content too slowly. Germany's government is cracking down on illegal online content, including speech, slander and news. The proposed new would give Facebook, Twitter and other sites seven days to delete content flagged as illegal, or get a big penalty. Any that was " criminal" would have to be removed within 24 hours. Justice Heiko Maas said Twitter deletes only one per cent of the hate speech it is told about by , and Facebook, 39 per cent.

Mr Maas said the fines were necessary to increasing over the social media is having on public . He said: "The biggest problem is that the social networks do not take the complaints of their own users enough." He said voluntary efforts to tackle the were not working as too few comments are being deleted, too slowly. Mr Maas said social media sites would have to set up a team that functions 24/7. A digital trade organization feared the 24-hour for sites that deal with over a posts per day was " impossible".

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