German parties salvage vote on social media hate posts bill
June 23, 2017
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties have cleared the way for parliament to vote on legislation designed to get illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news removed quickly from social networking sites.
The legislation provides for fines of up to 50 million euros ($56 million) for sites that fail to remove such content. The Cabinet approved it in April.
It then encountered strong criticism, including fears that networks would delete too many posts to avoid the risk of fines.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc said the governing parties agreed Friday to amendm...