It's said there's always someone doing something bad on the Internet. Now, Germany is doing something about it.
The European nation reached an agreement with Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove hate speech from the Internet within 24 hours of it being reported, according to reports from the Associated Press and AFP. Under the agreement, it will be easier for anti-racism groups to flag hate speech on each of the services. The twin reports cited German laws, which ban speech that incites or instigates harmful action.
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment. Representatives from Facebook, Google and the German government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The impetus for the agreement was concerns that social networks could "become a funfair for the far right," said German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, according to AFP.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's management team in the past have argued in favor of free speech rights.
"We're trying to connect everyone in the world and give everyone a voice," Zuckerberg said in January after the terror attacks against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. "This is about freedom of expression."
Each of the services already have rules against some types of posts, including images depicting certain types of nudity as well as forms of hate speech. If they remove posts, it's usually after a user flags them for review.