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Thursday November 17, 2016

Germany: Facebook Should Be Treated As A Media Company

Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas is pushing hard to have Facebook classified as a media company, instead of a technology company, so that it can be held accountable for the content it publishes.

Germany's Justice Minister says he believes Facebook Inc. should be treated like a media company rather than a technology platform, suggesting he favors moves to make social media groups criminally liable for failing to remove hate speech. Under a program that runs until March, German authorities are monitoring how many racist posts reported by Facebook users are deleted within 24 hours. Justice Minister Heiko Maas has pledged to take legislative measures if the results are still unsatisfactory by then.

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