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In Germany, social networking giant Facebook has removed several hundred insulting posts as required by a law prohibiting online hate speech, in force since January 2018 with possible fines that could reach 50 million euros.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported on July 27 that the U.S. firm received in the first six months of the year, 1,704 complaints under the Network Enforcement Act and removed 362 posts, according to Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice president for global policy solutions.

«Hate speech is not allowed on Facebook,» Allan explained, stating that the network had deleted posts that insulted people, vulnerable for reasons including ethnicity, nationality, religious belief or sexual orientation.

A German federal MP from the ruling Christian Democratic Union, Tankred Schipanski, has evaluated that the law that sets forth social platforms removing offensive posts within 24 hours was working as expected.


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