Germany's leader said today she supports a movement to quell what her government considers to be "hate speech" being disseminated on social media, Reuters reported.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is championing a government initiative that runs through early 2017 that monitors the amount of posts containing hate speech that are deleted within 24 hours of publication.

Merkel said she will join with her cabinet to combat "hate speech, hate commentaries [and] devastating things that are incompatible with human dignity."

Merkel said the Reichstag will "do everything to prohibit it because it contradicts with our values."

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other platforms delete hateful or racist posts that are reported to them by other users. 

Critics, however, express concern that governments will use the "hate speech" argument to censor people on social media. 

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