By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
Published: 09:14 GMT, 3 January 2018 | Updated: 09:14 GMT, 3 January 2018
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)
The new Network Enforcement