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Social Media Laws Should Be Tightened: Germany

Facebook in July said it had deleted hundreds of offensive posts since implementation of the law

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An illustration picture shows a man starting his Twitter app on a mobile device in Hanau near Frankfurt. VOA

German states have drafted a list of demands aimed at tightening a law that requires social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to remove hate speech from their sites, the Handelblatt newspaper reported Monday.

Justice ministers from the states will submit their proposed revisions to the German law called NetzDG at a meeting with Justice Minister Katarina Barley on Thursday, the newspaper said, saying it had obtained a draft of the document.

The law, which came into full force on Jan. 1, is a highly ambitious effort to control what appears on social media and it has drawn a range of criticism.

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Twitter allows publishers to monetise video views globally. (VOA)

While the German states are focused on concerns about how complaints are processed, other officials have called for changes following criticism that too much content was being blocked.

The states’ justice ministers are calling for changes that would make it easier for people who want to complain about banned content such as pro-Nazi ideology to find the required forms on social media platforms.

They also want to fine social media companies up to 500,000 euros ($560,950) for providing “meaningless replies” to queries from law enforcement authorities, the newspaper said.

Till Steffen, the top justice official in Hamburg and a member of the Greens party, told the newspaper that the law had in some cases proven to be “a paper tiger.”

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If we want to effectively limit hate and incitement on the internet, we have to give the law more bite. Pixabay

“If we want to effectively limit hate and incitement on the internet, we have to give the law more bite and close the loopholes,” he told the paper. “For instance, it cannot be the case that some platforms hide their complaint forms so that no one can find them.”

Also Read: Facebook Allows French Regulators to Oversee Hate Speech Control

Facebook in July said it had deleted hundreds of offensive posts since implementation of the law, which foresees fines of up to 50 million euros ($56.10 million) for failure to comply. (VOA)

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Twitter for Mac App is Coming Back, Company Confirms

The company previously had a Twitter for Mac app that was discontinued in February 2018

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Twitter made the announcement during Apple's WWDC conference last week. Pixabay

Micro-blogging site Twitter has announced that it will be bringing back “Twitter to Mac” with help from Apple’s Project Catalyst, Pro, which is Apple’s initiative to help developers port their iOS apps into Mac.

It made the announcement during Apple’s WWDC conference last week, saying that the app would launch with Catalina and this new version would have a variety of features like dark mode, keyboard shortcuts, multiple windows, and notifications, The Verge reported late on Saturday.

In a post about the return of it for Mac users, the company said: “We are excited that Project Catalyst will enable us to bring it back to the Mac by leveraging our existing iOS codebase. We’ll also be able to add native Mac features on top of our existing iPad experience, while keeping our maintenance efficient as we continue to improve this shared codebase in the years to come.”

The company previously had a “Twitter for Mac app” that was discontinued in February 2018 because it was not sustainable to maintain two separate codebases.

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Micro-blogging site Twitter has announced that it will be bringing back “Twitter to Mac” with help from Apple’s Project Catalyst, Pro. Pixabay

According to the report, the company said that with Project Catalyst, they would be able to use their existing iOS codebase along with new features for desktops.

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The all-new Twitter for Mac is being developed and is scheduled for an early launch by this year on macOS Catalina 10.15. (IANS)