Telebots in Germany face fines of up to 55 million

Telebots in Germany face fines of up to 55 million euros

The German authorities could impose a fine of 55 million euros on the Telegram messenger, reports the Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing a representative of the Federal Ministry of Justice. The publication noted that authorities have tightened requirements for two ongoing lawsuits and threatened to seize the company’s assets for failing to comply with requirements to remove illegal content. Up-to-date regarding Telegram execute two examinations.

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The Süddeutsche Zeitung also learned that the first talks between Telegram and the Federal Ministry of the Interior took place this week. According to department head Nancy Faeser, it was agreed to continue and intensify the cooperation. “It’s a good start to build on” pen noted.

DW had also previously reported that Telegram could be fined up to €55 million. Die Welt writes that Telegram has attracted the attention of German authorities by becoming a haven for conspiracy theorists and hate preachers. The messenger should also be a platform for the exchange of “Misinformation, hate speech and repeated calls to killagainst politicians such as the Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer and the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder.

“The Covid-19 pandemic in particular has encouraged people to radicalize themselves on Telegram, threatening others and even posting murder calls.” That said Holger Münch, President of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), last week.

Due to these facts, the federal government has declared the fight against hate speech on Telegram to be one of its priorities. Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann said in January that the messenger “acts like a social network“, but does not comply with the relevant German legislation on combating hate speech and fake news on social networks.


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