Germany is serious about policing social media for illegal content, judging by a new proposal from the country's Justice Ministry threatening huge fines for social media companies that fail to comply with orders to remove prohibited material in a variety of categories.
Manuela Schwesig, the federal youth minister, said hatred endangers cohesion and is a "poison for society".
Heiko Maas said the voluntary efforts of social networks to tackle the problem had not gone far enough.
This month Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries, like Maas a Social Democrat, warned against a sweeping law, saying responsibility for enforcing hate speech legislation should not be "privatised". "We need legal regulations to make companies even more obligated to eradicate criminal offences".
However, Maas said that fake news could constitute illegal content "if it constitutes slander, defamation or libel".
The new law would also require social media companies operating in Germany to designate an employee who is responsible for responding to complaints about forbidden content, and who would be liable for fines of up to €5 million if the company is judged unresponsive in these cases.
According to Bloomberg, social networks will be required to delete or block "obviously illegal" material within 24 hours after it has been flagged, with a seven-day window for other illegal content. Germany has set a target of 70% of content being deleted within one day.
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"Too little criminal content is being deleted, and it's not being deleted sufficiently quickly", the justice minister told journalists.
Online hate crime has dramatically increased in Germany in recent years, with authorities recording a 176 per cent rise in 2015 compared with 2014 figures.
Mr Modamani, now 19, attempted to sue Facebook for damages and was seeking an injunction that would force the social media giant to actively search for and remove such posts, rather than wait for users to flag violations of the site's "community standards".
Facebook has already built in new tools allowing German users to combat the spread of fabricated news stories, which allow posts to be flagged and passed to third party fact-checkers.
However Facebook claimed tests it commissioned showed higher rates of removal than those cited by Mr Maas.
Twitter declined to comment directly on the proposal, but noted that it had taken a number of measures in recent months created to prevent abuse and allow users to filter unwanted content.