A new German law introducing state censorship on social media platforms came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offenses” such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether or the content is accurate or not.
How bad is this?
Meanwhile, the district court in Munich recently sentenced a German
journalist, Michael Stürzenberger, to six months in jail for posting on
his Facebook page a historical photo of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem,
Haj Amin al-Husseini, shaking the hand of a senior Nazi official in
Berlin in 1941. The prosecution accused Stürzenberger of “inciting
hatred towards Islam” and “denigrating Islam” by publishing the
"We do not care if it is history, it should not be seen in public; to the cell with you!"