- German official called for big fines for tech firms that aren't aggressive on hate speech
- Paul Callan: Punishing "hate speech" soon leads to squelching all controversial speech
Paul Callan is a CNN legal analyst, a former New York City homicide prosecutor and currently is "of counsel" at the New York law firm of Edelman & Edelman PC, focusing on wrongful conviction and civil rights cases. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)Heiko Maas, Germany's Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, fired a dangerous warning shot in the direction of US free speech advocates with his proposal to fine tech companies up to $53 million for not acting aggressively against "hate speech" on their social media platforms.