The German authorities said on Tuesday that the social networking site Facebook was not transparent enough to handle complaints of hate speech and decided to fine the Facebook to 2.3 million euros (about S$3.52 million).
The authorities added that the data published in the first half of the Facebook did not reflect complaints that were actually illegal, including anti-Semitic remarks and materials, and incitement of hatred against individuals or groups based on religion or ethnicity. The authorities also questioned that the booklet does not currently provide sufficient information to let the public know whether employees who are dealing with hate speech are professionally trained or have the appropriate language proficiency.
The German bill on hate speech was passed in June 2017 and came into force in October of the same year. The bill stipulates that any social platform with more than 2 million users in the local area must remove the content within 24 hours after learning of the existence of “obviously illegal content”, or face a fine of up to 50 million euros.