“Hate on the net”: quick deletion, no real name


        Online platforms should delete potentially illegal content more quickly.  This is a goal of the government's initiative against "online hate".  However, it is still unclear who will be affected by these rules in detail.  As Chancellor Minister Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) said on Monday, the delimitation should be based on the number of users.  However, there is no mandatory real name.        </p><div>
        <p>Edtstadler, who, together with Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens), opened a cross-departmental working group on the subject at the Chancellery.  The question of whether non-commercial platforms such as the online encyclopedia Wikipedia could also be covered by the new rules remained unanswered.</p>            

However, Edtstadler made it clear that the platforms should not be obliged to know the identity of their users. The Greens in particular had rejected this. “There will be no real name obligation,” said the ÖVP minister. Edtstadler wants to commit the obligation to “immediately delete” clearly illegal posts. In addition, the platforms should nominate contact persons for those affected and authorities. Zadic announced rules to help victims quickly get their rights – for example, by increasing the investigative obligation of the authorities.

The ministers want to present concrete bills in the summer. Edtstadler did not want to answer at which user limit the new rules should apply before the legal assessment. According to the minister, the online presence of small clubs should definitely be excluded from the new rules. Regarding the newspapers’ online forums, she emphasized that they are subject to media law anyway. However, media law leaves a gap with the platform operators: “We want to close this gap.”

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