Berlin moves ahead with tougher hate speech legislation

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkels government Wednesday approved a law that forces social media platforms to proactively report illegal content such as death threats or incitement of hatred to law enforcement authorities.

“With the legislative package launched today, were targeting hate crimes with more force than before,” Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht, a Social Democrat, said in a written statement. “In the future, anyone who incites hate and threatens others online will be prosecuted more thoroughly and effectively.”

The law approved Wednesday is one of two pending proposals to further toughen Germanys online hate speech rules, which are considered some of the most stringent in the world. Before taking effect, the law still needs to pass both chambers of Germanys parliament.

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