In December, German lawmakers announced plans to introduce a bill that would fine Facebook 500,000 euros (or about $713,449) for not removing fake news posts within 24 hours. On Sunday, the Financial Times reported that the company will be testing its fake news filtering system in — you guessed it — Germany!
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Earlier this year, WhatsApp betrayed its longstanding commitment to privacy when it announced that it would share user data with its parent company Facebook for the purpose of selling ads. Yesterday, a German regulator announced that it is putting the brakes on Facebook's plan.
Video: When you combine an unhappy group of people with a leader who is more than willing to feed and exploit their fear with wild speeches and rhetoric, things can go bad. When people in business and intellectuals want to be on the favourable side of public opinion, so they start doing things they don't believe are right, things can get worse. But how can it ever be so bad that someone like Hitler can rise to power and do worse? Ted-Ed explains in this haunting video.
Ankommen (meaning "Arrive") is a free smartphone app from the German government aimed at helping asylum seekers feel at home in their new country. It includes German customs and values, along with a language course, asylum application information and tips on work or study options.
As the EU's self-appointed morality police, Germany publicly spanked Greece earlier this month for being so financially frivolous. Well, Germany has its own money troubles! Namely, a catastrophe-riddled $US6 billion airport that the country continues to pour money into — with no opening date in sight. Scheiße!
Here comes yet another drone-zapping laser: A German missile manufacturer built this Death Star-like beam to protect world leaders. And it works, too: in a field test, it took down a mini-drone in three seconds flat.
Thanks to an old-fashioned law that treats ebooks like movies, online booksellers in Germany are eligible for a $US56,000 fine if they sell erotic ebooks before 10pm. That means any young fraus desperate to buy sensual Clippy stories may have to wait until after dark if booksellers come up with a plan to comply.
It's hard to imagine what the world was like during World War II. Of course, we've read it all in history books and and we've seen movies and TV shows showing what life was like, but it's just far enough back in time and just painful and shocking enough that it's hard to fully understand how life worked back then.