Social media sites face £44m fines over hate speech

Social media sites with more than 2million members targeted by new law Owners face fines of €50million (£44m) for failing to remove hate speech Law also forces companies to have procedure so posts can be reported easily Comes after Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of Germany's far-right AfD party had her Twitter account suspended for an offensive message about Muslims 

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

Published: 09:14 GMT, 3 January 2018 | Updated: 09:14 GMT, 3 January 2018

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Social media sites face fines of £44million for failing to remove hate speech under tough new German laws.

Sites with more than 2million users that fail to remove 'obviously illegal' posts within 24 hours will have to pay up under rules which will be enforced from January 1.

It comes after Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of Germany's far-right AfD party had her Twitter count suspended over an offensive message about Muslims - sparking a debate about freedom of speech.

Social media sites with more than 2million users will have 24 hours to remove 'obviously illegal' or face hefty fines under new laws in Germany (file image)

Social media sites with more than 2million users will have 24 hours to remove 'obviously illegal' or face hefty fines under new laws in Germany (file image)

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