Facebook, Google Have a Tough New Job in Germany: Content Cop

Social-media platforms face fines of up to $60 million if they fail to delete illegal content such as neo-Nazi propaganda and calls to violence

BERLIN—Germany has gone live with one of the most onerous laws aimed at forcing Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and YouTube to police content on their platforms.

The verdict after 10 days in effect? It’s complicated.

Since Jan. 1, technology companies face fines of up to €50 million ($60 million) if they fail to delete illegal content on their...

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