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The Network Enforcement Act 2020 reloaded – improved as well?

by Daphne Wolter
Status of the Network Enforcement Act (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, NetzDG), innovations and evaluations. Since 2017, the Network Enforcement Act has provided the framework for removing hate crime and other criminal content from social networks. Now the NetzDG is being reformed.

Current Status

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On 1 April 2020, the Federal Cabinet adopted an amendment to the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG)1. Users of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter und Instagram are to be given more rights if they are confronted with hate and incitement of hatred. The amended law has to pass through the parliamentary procedure yet. The parliament will certainly see controversial debates as the NetzDG and its impact have been controversial from the outset and not all suggestions for improvement submitted by politicians2 and the digital economy have actually been reflected in the present reformed version.

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