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Germany takes firm action against hate speech in social media
Even in the preparatory phase, the opponents to the legislation expressed their concern that in fear of high penalties, private companies would likely remove problematic content without thorough reasons and thereby curtail freedom of speech.
Why is sexting risky?
Sexting is when someone sends erotic photos/videos taken of himself/herself or sexually explicit text messages to a friend or acquaintance by mobile phone or over the internet.
What is considered as child pornography?
Images and videos depicting children naked or half-naked in a sexual situation to arouse sexual desire in others are considered as child sexual abuse material (CSAM), legally known as child pornography.
What is considered online harassment?
A person is subjected to online harassment if he/she repeatedly receives offensive, insulting and/or degrading messages over the Internet. Messages with sexual content targeting underage users (image, video and/or text) are considered harassment as well.
What is considered content made accessible without permission?
When a user’s personal information is published online without his/her permission or a picture/video of him/her is uploaded that he/she did not want to make public or gave no permission for it to be published.
What is considered racist/hateful content?
Images, videos or text published online are considered racist/hateful if they are inciting hatred towards a community on the basis of nationality, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
What is considered content promoting drug use?
Websites where drugs are sold or their consumption is promoted constitute content promoting drug use.
Content inciting acts of terrorism, promoting or contributing to terrorism
This category includes any online content that encourages committing acts of terrorism or promotes terrorism.
What are considered data phishing sites and content infected with viruses, spyware or worms?
Here, reports can be made of websites where users’ personal information, for example user name and password or bank card number, is requested to be provided with the presumed aim of misusing such data to the detriment of users.
What is considered violent content?
Here, reports can be made of websites that publish violent, crude and/or vulgar content. Violent content includes recordings of animal cruelty and recordings depicting bloody/vulgar scenes.