German officials are following through on their promise to do something about fake news and “hate speech” on the Internet. A proposed law that Angela Merkel supports would impose fines as high as $53 million on social-media networks that do not satisfactorily police what their users post. Wednesday, Merkel’s cabinet approved the “draft bill” likely to become law. Germany already has speech restrictions, but this bill would go a step further by making companies such as Twitter and Facebook responsible to remove offending content within 24 hours.
I’m not German, and couldn’t imagine living where there are such restrictions. I could stay put in the U,S., and see what it’s like in a few years.
To review: A free press, and free speech means some things printed or broadcast will be wrong. Some will be deliberately wrong. Some will be maliciously wrong. The civil courts can handle this, and individual citizens in charge of what they believe is the only solution.
Put the government in charge of the truth, and soon there will be none.