BERLIN, March 14 Germany's Justice Minister put
forward a tough new draft law on Tuesday calling for social
networks like Facebook to take faster action to remove
slanderous or threatening online postings quickly or face stiff
fines of up to 50 million euros.
"This (draft law) sets out binding standards for the way
operators of social networks deal with complaints and obliges
them to delete criminal content," said Heiko Maas, a Social
Failing to comply would breach the rules and could result in
a fine of up to 50 million euros against an organisation, he
The country already has some of the world's toughest hate
speech laws covering defamation, slander, public incitement to
commit crimes and threats of violence and is seeking to update
its rules in the fast-moving, often anonymous social media age.
(Reporting by Hans-Edzard Busemann; Writing by Madeline
Chambers and Eric Auchard)