Heiko Maas

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2017-03-26 Heiko Maas by Sandro Halank–2
Heiko Maas is a German politician who is with the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Social Democratic Party of Germany, SPD) and is currently Germany’s Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection.[1]

Support for band Feine Sahne Fischfilet

In mid-2016, Heiko came under fire for praising the band Feine Sahne Fischfilet, which advocates for violence against the police.[2][3]

Proposed law to crack down on social media, the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG)

In early 2017, Heiko proposed a law, the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG),[4] to "increase the pressure on social networks", requiring "them to delete criminal content" and combat "hate speech". Companies that don't comply could be fined as much as $53 million. Under this law, companies would be required to delete or block material that is deemed to have "obviously criminal content" within 24 hours, and "would have seven days to remove posts that are less clear-cut". Companies that could be affected by this include Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In Germany it is illegal to promote NSDAP ideology or deny the Holocaust, resulting in a different standard for free speech than that of, say, the United States. The law also would aim to combat fake news.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Melissa Eddy, Mark Scott (14 March 2017). "Facebook and Twitter Could Face Fines in Germany Over Hate Speech Posts". nytimes.com. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. Marc Oliver Rühle (25 August 2016). 'Justizminister Maas hat Ärger wegen dieser Punkband'. bild.de. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  3. 'Justizminister Heiko Maas: Rücktritt wegen Gina-Lisa?' berliner-kurier.de. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  4. Patrick Beuth (5 April 2017). "Facebook kann sich entspannen". zeit.de. Retrieved 4 June 2017.