FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory "fake news".The proposal would require companies to provide a round-the-clock service for users to flag illegal content, which would have to be removed by the site within seven days.Facebook said it would examine the proposal.Facebook also said it had taken measures to train staff in how to deal with the legal situation in Germany and expects to have 700 people in Berlin examining flagged content by the end of the year.Robert Singer, the chief executive of the World Jewish Congress, praised the Maas proposal.
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