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Twitter files lawsuit against German online reporting rule

BERLIN: Twitter has taken authorized motion against a rule, coming into pressure in Germany from Tuesday (Feb 1), that obliges social media corporations to dam or delete legal content material rapidly and report notably severe legal offences to the police, a German court docket confirmed on Monday.

The lawsuit filed on the administrative court docket in Cologne challenges a provision below Germany’s expanded anti-hate speech rules that Twitter says permits consumer knowledge to be handed to legislation enforcement earlier than it’s clear any crime has been dedicated.

Facebook and Alphabet’s Google unit additionally filed comparable lawsuits in the summertime.

“We are concerned that the law provides for a significant encroachment on citizens’ fundamental rights,” a Twitter spokesperson stated.

“In particular, we are concerned that the obligation to proactively share user data with law enforcement forces private companies into the role of prosecutors by reporting users to law enforcement even when there is no illegal behaviour.”

Germany enacted the anti-hate speech legislation in early 2018, making online social networks YouTube, Facebook and Twitter answerable for policing and eradicating poisonous content material.

The legislation, which additionally required social networks to publish common reviews on their compliance, was extensively criticised as ineffective, and parliament in May handed laws to toughen and broaden its software.

The new regulation is meant to assist German legislation enforcement higher goal right-wing extremism and hate speech online.



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