Germany’s Bundestag has enacted legislation that not only attacks the concept of free speech (apparently an American concept, and not a human one), but also requires private enterprises to be the government’s enforcers of the new law.
Under the new legislation, social media companies have 24 hours to remove posts that obviously violate German law [hate speech, fake news, terror propaganda, and the like] and have been reported by other users. In cases that are more ambiguous, Facebook and other sites have seven days to deal with the offending post. If they don’t comply with the new legislation, the companies could face a fine of up to 50 million euros ($57.1 million).
And it’s government that will decide what constitutes hate speech, what news is fake, what is propaganda. As if any of this should be proscribed by government.
The answer to unpopular speech, the answer to hurtful speech, is not silence but yet more speech. Apparently, though, that’s another solely American concept and one that’s wholly missed in Europe.
Sadly, this is what our own Progressive-Democrat Left wants for us, too. Oh, wait—they’ve already shown their attitude toward free speech. At colleges and universities, at “protests” in DC, etc.