The new measures will require social media providers to proactively inform law enforcement about illegal content such as death threats or the incitement of hatred on their platforms; currently, they only have to do so once victims have officially filed charges.
At the same time, German authorities will be granted more rights to demand that platforms disclose information about users who they suspect of committing crimes, such as incitement of hatred.
“The same rules apply online as in the analog world,” Lambrecht said. “That’s what we’re enforcing by tightening the NetzDG.”
Other measures to fight far-right violence approved by Berlin include tougher rules on gun ownership and increasing funding for deradicalization programs. The bill must still be approved by parliament.