Germany announced a deal Tuesday with social network giants Facebook, Twitter and Google to clamp down on hate speech, with the Internet companies pledging to remove offending posts within 24 hours, The Local De reported.
The three internet giants have agreed to join a partnership with the Voluntary Self-Regulation of Multimedia Service Providers (FSM). But critics immediately charged that Maas had failed to achieve what he set out to do when announced the creation of a joint "taskforce" to fight hate speech online. "Maas has buckeld in the face of Facebook and Co.," Green party leader in the Bundestag (German parliament) Katrin Göring-Eckhardttold Spiegel Online. "[He] called far-right crimes shameful, but it's almost exactly as shameful that his ministry is doing nothing against online hate."