New German law fines social media companies for failing to remove hate speech, raising free speech concerns

New German law fines social media companies for failing to remove hate speech, raising free speech concerns

By: Alexandra Arkin.

Post-Charlottesville, Silicon Valley is rethinking how far it will go to fight hate speech.  But Germany has long taken a different approach, with some of the strictest free speech and anti-defamation laws in Europe.  Recent years have seen an increase in hate speech/anti-immigrant propaganda and fake news, which take on new urgency ahead of Germany’s Sept. 24 parliamentary elections.  Germany is now stepping up its efforts with a new law that fines social media companies more than $58 million for failing to promptly delete illegal, racist, or slanderous comments and posts.

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Germany’s Deportation Practices: Familiar Rhetoric & Why We Cannot Ignore What’s Happening Across the Pond

Germany’s Deportation Practices: Familiar Rhetoric & Why We Cannot Ignore What’s Happening Across the Pond

By: Angela C. White.

German deportation practices have been a point of controversy in recent months, especially since the German government has accelerated its deportation processes for those who do not qualify for refugee protection. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Chief of Staff Peter Altmaier, the push to deport more people was an attempt to persuade conservative voters and preserve support for the asylum system.

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Beyond the Wall: A German Solution to the Property Issue in Cyprus Reunification

Beyond the Wall: A German Solution to the Property Issue in Cyprus Reunification

By Calla Ketchens.

The idea of "building a wall" has become very common in the past year. But it is not a new problem. Other countries such as North Korea, South Korea, and Israel-Palestine have faced border issues. Today;s post provides a brief history of Cyprus and discusses the possible reunification of Cyprus.

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Germany’s Role in the Medical Marijuana Revolution

Germany’s Role in the Medical Marijuana Revolution

By Savannah Priebe.

In January of 2017, the German Parliament approved to legalize medical marijuana. Today's blog post discusses the global trend to legalize medical marijuana. In particular, the article discusses how the new German law will work and how it may impact neighboring countries and, potentially, the world.

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