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German government introduces new bill to amend Germany’s Hate Speech Act, establishing new requirements for social networks and video-sharing platforms

On April 1, 2020, Germany’s federal government published a new draft bill to amend the German Hate Speech Act (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz – “NetzDG”; see also our earlier blog of October 2, 2017). The draft bill (“Bill”) is available in German here. The Bill will introduce a number of improvements for users of social networks. It will … Continue Reading

Munich Court of Appeal prohibits Facebook from deleting a post that does not fall under the German Hate Speech Act

On 24 August 2018, the Munich Court of Appeal (“Court”) issued a preliminary injunction against Facebook that prohibits Facebook from deleting a certain user’s post (docket no. 18 W 1294/18). Facts of the case The claimant is a Facebook user who had taken part in a discussion on the Facebook page of a renowned German news … Continue Reading

Germany’s new hate speech act in force: what social network providers need to do now

On 1 October 2017, the German Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (Network Enforcement Act, „NetzDG“) that we already reported on in April and May, entered into force (English version here). The NetzDG shall be an “act to improve enforcement of the law in social networks”, and aims at combating fake news and hate speech. Regulatory offences may be fined … Continue Reading
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