Germany: Web giants pledge to delete hate speech in 24 hours

Germany: Web giants pledge to delete hate speech in 24 hours

BERLIN (AP) — Facebook, Google & Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech deemed illegal in Germany within 24 hours.

The move follows pressure from German authorities concerned approximately the increasing volume of racist abuse being posted on social networking sites.

In a joint statement Tuesday, the Justice Ministry & the three companies said that it will become easier for users & anti-racism groups to flag hate speech.

p>The content will be examined by specialist teams & removed within a day if possible.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the measures weren't intended to curtail free speech yet rather to ensure German law is applied online.

Germany has strict laws against incitement to racial hatred, a reaction to the country's Nazi past.

Source: “Associated Press”