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Germany wants to make social media firms report illegal content to police – Source CNET Internet News


Germany has some big asks of social media companies.

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Germany’s cabinet approved a proposed law on Wednesday that will require social media companies to proactively report illegal content to the police or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($54 million).

Content including hate speech, racial incitement, terrorism-related posts and child abuse imagery must already be deleted within 24 hours, according to existing German law. Under the proposed law, such content would also have to be reported to the Office of the Federal Criminal Police as and when it’s discovered. Social media companies would be required to provide the police with the last IP address related to the user account responsible for the illegal…

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