nearly A year after the entry into force of the network enforcement act (NetzDG) have complained a lot less users of the Internet due to the absence of deletions, as expected. By the end of November had been received from the Federal office of justice (BfJ) via the online form 704 messages, according to the Department of the “Handelsblatt”. The legislator had assumed, according to a spokesman for the Federal office of approximately 25,000 messages, and 500 administrative fine proceedings in the year.

The network enforcement law applies in full since 1. January. It puts the operators of social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter specific deletion periods for obviously illegal content such as incitement to hatred. They should be deleted within 24 hours, in more difficult cases this should happen within seven days.

Who is this claim repeatedly and systematically fails to meet, the threatened fines in the millions. The pressure on the Internet companies, users, the threatened or offended, to get faster help.

“over-blocking in the heads”?

the FDP and the greens agree with the Figures of the Federal office for little meaningful. The FDP-to-digital politician Manuel Höferlin told the newspaper: “The low number of complaints could also indicate that the users self-censor. The law would, so to speak, to a over-blocking in the heads.”

Also, for the Green parliamentary group Deputy Konstantin von Notz is the finding of the Federal office not as an indicator for the Functioning of the law. “Rather, the Figures show that the implementation of the reporting channels the improvement is up strong today, even here, you would have to readjust the urgent and clearer guidance.” He also criticised that there is no conciliation body for cases in which users believe that their own content has been blocked unfairly on the Basis of the NetzDG.

SPD-power politician Saskia esque (SPD) evaluated the small number of complaints as a Testament to the effectiveness of the law, because “the companies have established structures to draw attention to the potentially criminal content regularly and responsibly”.

justice Ministers want to toughen NetzDG

at the end of July were presented to the network operator of the first to Pay for the NetzDG. You have to do this every six months. Therefore, many users are rejected complaints about the content that is allegedly illegal. Facebook had also received surprisingly few complaints.

Also at that time, it was unclear to what extent the Figures are due to a lack of legal Knowledge of the user, a bad-to-find complaint forms, or a decline of illegal content.

finally, had requested the Minister of justice of the countries, to exacerbate the NetzDG and to make network operators have even more stringent requirements. An evaluation of the act has provided the Federal government, however, only for 2020.


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