It’s said there’s always someone doing something bad on the Internet. Now, Germany is doing something about it.
The European nation reached an agreement with Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove hate speech from the Internet within 24 hours of it being reported, according to reports from the Associated Press and AFP. Under the agreement, it will be easier for anti-racism groups to flag hate speech on each of the services. The twin reports cited German laws, which ban speech that incites or instigates harmful action.
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment. Representatives from Facebook, Google and the German government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The impetus for the agreement was concerns that social networks could “become a funfair for the far right,” said German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, according to AFP.