Germany: 5 million to 50 million euros penalties for hateful comments on the internet

Without free speech no search for truth is possible… Better a thousandfold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech.
–Charles Bradlaugh, 1890

Liberty to every man to speak, write, print, and publish his opinions without having his writings subject to any censorship or inspection…
–The French Constitution, 1791

“The Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas (SPD), calls for

drastic fines against the operators of social networks

which are not adequately concerned with the removal of hateful comments. Anyone who does not delete the criminal content at all, only partially or not in time, commits an administrative offense, according to a bill presented by Maas this Tuesday.

According to the draft, the administrative offense is punishable by

a fine of up to five million euros against the person responsible.

The operator of social network itself is

to be punished with fines up to 50 million euros.

A fine may also be imposed if the social network does not comply fully with its reporting obligation.”


Text Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine (Faz)