German authorities have fined Facebook 2m euros to ensure a distorted picture of the amount of illegal content on the social media platform, a violation of the country’s law on transparency on the Internet.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Federal Justice Office, a court agency, said that publishing incomplete information about the complaints it had received, the internet giant created an overwhelming picture.
Faced with a global response to the role that his platform played in election campaigns from the United States to Britain to the Philippines, Facebook has been in a relationship with the public to improve its image.
According to the law on transparency in the German network, social media platforms should report the number of complaints about the illegal content they have received. The allegation that Facebook understands the violations could undermine its efforts to ignite its polluted reputation.
“This creates a distorted picture of the scale of illegal content on the platform and the way Facebook deals with it,” the office said. “The report contains only a fraction of the allegations of illegal information.”
In 2018, Facebook said it received 1,048 complaints about illegal content on its platform during the second half of that year, according to its transparency report.
By contrast, Twitter transparency reports and YouTube video service reported more than a quarter of a million complaints throughout the year.
Lost by the memory of two states of authoritarian police in its territory over the last century, Germany has some of the most stringent privacy and hate speech laws recently combined with some of the strictest social media regulations ./Investing.com