Cabinet are watching internet discrimination fine

The Cabinet will consider a German law that allows substantial fines for social networks with discriminatory statements.

Minister Stef Blok (security and justice) will "very carefully" the lessons can be drawn for Netherlands.

Block responded to questions from MPS during a debate on discrimination and racism in Netherlands. CU-House Member Gert-Jan Segers called the Cabinet on to examine whether such a boetewet to German model in Netherlands is both feasible and desirable. He got support of the CDA.

In Germany it is intended that social media such as Facebook, and other internet companies now take swift action against criminal acts or behaviour, such as discrimination, threats, hate and fake news. Otherwise they risk fines of millions of euros.