Germany is enforcing a law that forces Social Media sites to quickly act to remove Hate Speech, Fake News and Illegal Material.
Any site that does not comply can be fined up to 50 million euros if they do not comply within 24 hours of material being reported to them. This focuses on the largest sites like Facebook and Twitter but will also include popular news and opinion sharing sites like Reddit.
The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law
Was created and passed between June and October last year and Social Media has been given the time since then to prepare. The law was passed after an outcry that social media sites were spreading racist and fake news.
But what is racist and fake? We've seen in recent years a propensity to call anything that goes against the dominant feminist and Social Justice narrative. Calling Black people Black or coloured instead of Person of Colour is racist as Benedict Cumberthatch found out.
Calling Transgenderism a mental illness (which it still is under the DSM as Gender Dysphoria) could be called hate speech. Or to perhaps calling someone the wrong pronoun as happens in Canada or California. Perhaps addressing the madness of teaching children to become transgendered as young as 4 that they are gender fluid will be called hate speech.
Not Just a German Problem
In the light of Brexit, it is worth noting that this is German getting ahead of upcoming EU legislation. The UK has not exactly been an advocate of free speech and liberal values (especially not Mrs. May) but at least we can exercise real influence in the UK. We know the EU moves in its own direction and is virtually immune to reform.