The surprising post-election debate around online freedom of expression in Germany – Nora Kroeger

5 06 2019

One week before the EU elections, the German YouTuber Rezo published an almost hour-long video titled “The destruction of the CDU”. In the video, the influencer – who usually posts light-hearted apolitical content such as YouTube challenges – sets out a broad range of arguments why the disregard of scientific evidence and resulting incompetent policy-making by the German parties CDU, SPD (and also far-right AFD) should convince citizens to vote for other parties. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms – Natali Helberger, Paddy Leerssen and Max Van Drunen

2 06 2019

Germany continues to spearhead the regulation of social media. Last year the country made headlines with the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (‘network enforcement law’ or ‘NetzDG’), the most ambitious attempt to regulate platform content moderation processes in Europe to date. Now, the German Broadcasting Authority (Rundfunkkomission) has proposed another law targeting social media platforms, though it has has received far less attention than the NetzDG –and far less than it deserves. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany: Removal of online hate speech in numbers – Kirsten Gollatz, Martin J Riedl and Jens Pohlmann

24 08 2018

Six months after a new German law  the Network Enforcement Act  has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? Researcher Kirsten Gollatz, Fellow Martin J. Riedl and Jens Pohlmann from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) have a closer look at the reports. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: ML and WW v Germany, Article 8 right to be forgotten and the media – Hugh Tomlinson QC and Aidan Wills

4 07 2018

In the case of ML and WW v Germany ([2018] ECHR 554) (available only French), the Fifth Section of the Court of Human Rights dismissed an Article 8 “right to be forgotten” application in respect of the historic publication by the media of information concerning a murder conviction. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany’s legal crackdown on social media: four misconceptions dispelled – Stefan Theil

11 05 2018

File 20180508 5968 1nq2wth.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Germany’s infamous network enforcement law – which seeks to more heavily regulate social media – came into force at the start of 2018 to almost unanimous criticism. Read the rest of this entry »





The new German social media law: a risk worth taking? An ‘extended look’ – Stefan Theil

20 02 2018

The German Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen Netzwerken (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz) (literally: Law on the improvement of law enforcement in social networks and known as ‘NetzDG’) has attracted much media attention, e.g. here and here, since fully entering into force on 1 January 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





News: German Court orders Google not to link to Lumen database showing takedown order

18 06 2017

A German Court has ordered Google not to link to the Lumen (formerly known as “Chilling Effects”) database after it had taken down defamatory content as a result of an earlier Court order. Read the rest of this entry »