Critics including some of the biggest web names in the tech space believe Germany is making the wrong decision in regards to its plan to weaken encrypted communication and levy fines on social media sites that don't remove hate speech fast enough.

The Internet Society represents tech companies, academia, and non-profit organizations and believes giving law enforcement the ability to break encryption isn't a good idea, the Associated Press reports.

Encryption is "a vital tool for securing the digital economy, and for creating trust," Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown said.

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