Winter Olympics, Berlinale and changes to the Network Enforcement Act

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The four-man bobsleigh from Team Germany at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea. © Wong Maye-E

The hotly debated Winter Games in Beijing begin, the Berlinale opens its doors under Corona conditions and the change in the Network Enforcement Act could have consequences for social networks.

Berlin – The hotly debated Winter Games in Beijing are beginning, the Berlinale is opening its doors under Corona conditions and the change in the Network Enforcement Act could have consequences for social networks. February brings:

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The amended Network Enforcement Act will come into force on February 1st. The law obliges social networks such as YouTube and Facebook to quickly block or delete criminal content. As a result of the reform, providers must now report certain, particularly serious criminal offenses to the Federal Criminal Police Office if there is a complaint.

The Federal Office of Justice has long held the view that the law also applies to the messenger service Telegram. According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, supporters of the corona denier scene in particular use the service to spread their messages and to mobilize for demonstrations and events.


The film festival in Berlin is to be held with an audience again this year, despite the increased number of corona infections. Various films will be shown in the capital from February 10th to 20th. The new film by director Andreas Dresen (“Gundermann”) is one of the entries in the running for the Golden Bear. “Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush” tells how the mother of Guantanamo prisoner Murat Kurnaz fights for his release.

Certain rules should apply in the cinemas: Only people who have been vaccinated against the corona virus or have recovered should have access. In addition, a negative corona test and a mask are required. In addition, only about half of the places should be filled.


The Winter Olympics will open in Beijing on February 4th. Athletes from all over the world will compete until February 20th. There were already heated debates in advance, for example about the strict corona guidelines and a possible boycott of the games because of the human rights situation in the country.

The athletes and other participants in the Winter Games are only allowed to move in closed circuits to prevent the coronavirus from being introduced. They also have to have daily PCR tests. Foreign spectators are not admitted anyway. (dpa)

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