Websites agree to delete hate speech at request of Germany

Germany says Google, Facebook, Twitter have accepted the decision to delete hateful expression within 24 hours on their websites, due to racist comments following refugee crisis

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Germany says Google, Facebook and Twitter agree to remove hate speech from its websites

On Tuesday, Germany said that Google and social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter have agreed to deleting expressions of hate from their websites within a time frame of 24 hours after a report has been made. This is a step taken with the purpose of battling racism that has been taking place after the emergence of the refugee crisis.

The decision comes after efforts were made by Germany’s government towards putting a stop to racist remarks in German against foreigners on the internet and particularly social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter. The rise in racism comes with the struggle of Germany in handling the arrival of more than 1 million refugees this year.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has said that the new agreement makes it simpler for users and groups against racism to report hate speech to specialist teams at the three companies. He said about the issue,  "When the limits of free speech are trespassed, when it is about criminal expressions, sedition, incitement to carry out criminal offences that threaten people, such content has to be deleted from the net.’’ ‘’And we agree that as a rule this should be possible within 24 hours," he added.

Last month, Germany began an investigation on the European headquarters of Facebook, due to their claim that it failed to remove racist and hateful comments. Martin Ott, Facebook's managing director for the regions of northern, central and eastern Europe, could be held accountable for not removing hate speech from the social networking website, a spokeswoman for the prosecution said last month.

FSM, a group which monitors multimedia service providers voluntarily, is a partner of Facebook and has said it would try to direct its users towards steering clear of racism.   

TRTWorld and agencies