Fake News, Hate Speech & Disinformation

Do operators have their platforms under control?

Since 2018, the Network Enforcement Act has made platform operators responsible for clearing their platforms of hate speech, fake news and criminal posts. Critics fear that freedom of expression will be endangered, as the social networks could consequently delete too many and thus also legal statements of their members. Hate and agitation, on the other hand, are still omnipresent on the net – especially people who are in the public eye are often denounced digitally. Internet law enforcement was transferred to the platforms with the Network Enforcement Act – the social networks decide what they delete, whether and which information they disclose for prosecution. If platform operators have their platforms under control, how can hate speech on the Internet be successfully and effectively combated? How must the responsible actors work together so that insults, attacks and disparagements on the Internet can be prevented and punished?


Dr. Jonas Kahl

Rechtsanwalt und Fachanwalt für Urheber- und Medienrecht, Spirit Legal LLP Rechtsanwälte

Sven Kohlmeier

Spokesman for the SPD parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives, SPD

Ayla Mayer

Head of Department Social Media, SPIEGEL ONLINE

Prof. Dr. Diana Rieger

Institute for Communication Science and Media Research, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Katharina Schulze

Fraktionsvorsitzende Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Bayerischer Landtag

Marie-Teresa Weber

Public Policy Manager, Facebook


Valerie Lux