At the very least, the warning shot has acted as follows: Federal Minister of Justice Heiko Maas (SPD) in his first draft of the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) threatened to impose a fine of up to 50 million euros for the operators of social networks, if they did not delete “obviously illegal” content within 24 hours. This also caused headlines internationally, from which sometimes a certain reverence spoke.
Facebook and Illegal Content
Maas says it is serious and is going on a confrontation course with US companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, which play on the subject of hate and false notices on time – that was the impression the minister wanted to convey. On Wednesday, the draft was passed by the Cabinet about Facebook.
The 50 million euro fine has shrunk from the constant threat to the theoretical option. In the first version it was clear that the first infringement of the law could lead to a fine. (more…)