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Facebook has responded to Berlin’s draft legislation outlawing online hate speech and urged Justice Minister Heiko Maas to withdraw his bill, Handelsblatt’s sister publication WirtschaftsWoche has reported. The so-called “network enforcement law,” which is set to be passed this summer, would slap fines as high as €50 million, or $53 million, on platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter every time they fail to remove content that has been designated as hate speech within 24 hours. But for Facebook, this is the state’s responsibility. “Preventing and combating hate speech and fake news are official tasks that the state cannot evade,” the US-based company said, calling for an EU-wide solution instead.