New youth protection law finds final approval
So now the time has come. One of the much discussed bills, which, according to politicians, should better protect young people from depictions that glorify violence on the Internet and in computer games, has now also been passed by the representation of the federal states.
The draft law attracted new attention after a youth killed 16 people in his school in early May. The new law stipulates that the new federal inspection agency for media harmful to minors can put any Internet site and any medium on the index without prior application. The prohibited list is no longer made available to the public in order to prevent a run on this indexed medium. Only the responsible authorities, as well as developers of programs that are supposed to filter such content, will be informed of indexing. The amount of the fine has also been increased considerably, so the fine for violating the protection of minors is no longer 10,000 euros but 50,000 euros. In addition, computer games must be marked with an age specification, as is the case with films, which are binding for everyone and an injury leads to a criminal offense. An advertising and distribution ban is now proven from the outset, even without prior indexing, media that contain a representation that glorifies war, depicts people who are portrayed in a manner that is detrimental to human dignity, or depicts young people in a gendered posture.