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Germany Fines Twitter $55 Million for Ignoring Antisemitic Content

Earlier this month, Germany’s Federal Justice Office began the process of fining Twitter, under the country’s Network Enforcement Act, for failing to remove hate speech. The German law requires social-media sites to remove illegal content within seven days, and for the most egregious material, within 24 hours.

The German office stated publicly that hateful material was published on Twitter, “which the authority considers illegal and, despite user complaints, was not deleted or blocked by the provider within the legally stipulated periods.”

Reportedly, Twitter faces a fine as high as €50 (nearly $55 million) in Germany. An email to a Twitter press account auto-replied with an excrement emoji, as Twitter owner Elon Musk has tweeted it would, and it wasn’t immediately clear how to otherwise reach a spokesperson.

In January, a German activist group sued Twitter for hosting content denying the Holocaust, which is a crime in Germany.

One of Musk’s first publicized decisions after buying the company was to decrease the content moderation division. Many saw that as welcoming hateful speech, while others had long believed that division was driven by partisan politics.

Since Musk took over Twitter, there have been reports that antisemitism has increased on the platform, as well as on other social networks. NGO StopAntisemitism is one of the leading Jewish organizations calling upon Musk to better address the widespread uprising in antisemitic content on Twitter.

Europe has stricter laws about free speech than the United States does, and Musk had told the European Union he would comply with those rules.

Source: https://www.jns.org/germany-to-fine-twitter-for-ignoring-antisemitic-content/