New Report Details The Results Of Germany’s Effort To Prosecute Citizens For Online Speech


The New York Times published a report detailing how Germany went beyond any other Western democracy in prosecuting people for posting comments online.

In 2017, Germany passed the Network Enforcement Act. This law required that online platforms remove hate speech immediately or face sanctions.

According to The Times, companies have increased content moderation to comply with the new law. Many German policymakers feel that the law is too narrow as it focuses on the companies, not the people responsible.

In 2019, Walter Lubcke, a German politician was assassinated. In 2019, Walter Lubcke, a German politician, was assassinated.

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Holger Munch, head of the Federal Criminal Police Office stated that “we are making sure anyone who posts hate messages must expect police at their front door afterwards.” ”

One investigator talked to the Times about the possibility that a painter could be fined approximately $10,000 for insulting Turkish immigrants. A second investigator explored the possibility of tracking down someone on Twitter who has compared COVID restrictions to the Holocaust.

Some online platforms opposed proposed extension to the Network Enforcement Act. Meta, Google, and Twitter stopped a clause in the law that required companies notify the government authorities when they find prohibited content.

Germany continues its enforcement efforts. Daniel Holznagel is a former Justice Ministry official who was a judge and helped to draft the 2017 law. He stated that although you cannot prosecute everyone, it is possible for a significant impact on those involved.