“We have zero tolerance for hate speech and support the goals of NetzDG,” Facebook said in a statement.
Twitter, which received about 833,000 complaints and removed about 81,000 posts in the same period, said the majority of those posts didn’t fit the definition of illegal speech, but still violated its terms of translation. company service.
“Threats, abusive content, and harassment all have the potential to silence individuals,” Twitter said in a statement. “However, regulations and laws like these also have the potential to chill free speech by encouraging regimes around the world to legislate as a way to prevent dissenting speech. ant and legal.”
YouTube, which received about 312,000 complaints and removed about 48,000 content in the first six months of the year, declined to comment beyond saying it was in compliance with the law.
Researchers at Reset and HateAid, organizations that monitor online hate speech and are pushing for tougher laws, are increasing during election season.
The groups reviewed nearly a million comments about far-right and conspiratorial groups on about 75,000 Facebook posts in June, finding that about 5% were “extremely malicious” or violated the law of abusive language. online hostility. Some of the worst documents, including iconic Nazi messages, have been online for more than a year, the groups found. Of the 100 posts reported to Facebook by the groups, about half were deleted within a few days, while others remained online.
The election has also seen a wave of misinformation, including false claims about voter fraud.
Annalena Baerbock, the 40-year-old leader of the Green Party and the only woman among the leading candidates running to succeed Mrs Merkel, has been the subject of excessive abuse compared to her male rivals since other parties, including sexist. According to the researchers, defamation and disinformation campaigns.