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3.7.2017. 19:19
Njemačka
 

Germany curbs Holocaust denial and hate speech on social networks


BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s top Jewish leader praised a new law designed to curb Holocaust denial on social networks.
The German Parliament passed the law Friday in its last meeting before summer break. It requires social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove material with obviously illegal content and fake defamatory “news” within 24 hours of its having been reported. Previously, illegal material did not have to be removed after being reported. The new law places the onus on the social media platforms to remove the material or be subjected to heavy fines, reportedly of up to about $56 million.

Njemački   voditelji Židovske zajednice pozdravljaju novi zakon koji  zabranjuje negiranje holokausta na socijalnim mrežama. Njemački je parlament u petak , na svojoj zadnjoj sjednici prije odmora, donio zakon kojim se traži od socijalnih mreža ( Facebook, Twitter i  YouTube)  da izbaci materijale koji imaju ilegalne sadržaje i lažne defamirajuće "vijesti" , za vrijeme od 24 sata nakon što su objavljeni. Ranije to nije bio slučaj,  a  socijalni mediji će sada imati  velike kazne. 

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Heiko Maas, Germany’s federal minister of justice, who submitted the proposed law for consideration in March, said internet would now be held to the same legal standards as other printed material...

Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, praised the new law as a strong instrument against online hate speech and said an evaluation period would help determine its efficacy.

In an official statement, he noted that social media has become a hotbed of anti-Semitic incitement, which is easily spread worldwide. Since platform operators generally failed to stick to agreements of a voluntary nature, “this law is the logical consequence,” he said.

World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer had supported Maas’ proposed law...