NetzDG

The Network Enforcement Act is a law to improve law enforcement in the social media that came into force on 1 October 2017. The aim is to immediately remove hate crime and other objectively punishable content which is no longer covered by freedom of opinion and therefore poses a great danger to peaceful coexistence in a democratic society. In this context, providers of social networks of a size defined in the Network Enforcement Act will be increasingly held accountable by obliging them to deal swiftly with complaints about illegal content and to report publicly on this every six months. In addition, the Act provides for the appointment of an authorised domestic service agent and a right to information on inventory data for victims of violations of personal rights on the Internet. The effectiveness of the measures is to be ensured by the threat of high fines.