Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Nationalist politician 'censored' under new German hate speech law for anti-Muslim tweet

A top lawmaker from the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was blocked from Twitter and Facebook on Monday after slamming the Cologne police for sending a New Year's tweet in Arabic.

The incident caused the AfD to lash out further and criticize censorship as a controversial new German social media law known as NetzDG went into effect January 1 in a bid to clamp down on online hate speech.

The Cologne police tweeted New Year's greetings and linked to information on celebrating safely in a series of messages in German and other languages, including Arabic. Cologne was the scene two years ago of mass sexual assaults on New Year's Eve  in which most of the suspects were described as young men of North African and Arab origin.

"What the hell is happening in this country? Why is an official police site tweeting in Arabic? Do you think it is to appease the barbaric, gang-raping hordes of Muslim men?" wrote Beatrix von Storch, the deputy leader of the AfD's parliamentary group.

The tweet was later deleted after Twitter froze von Storch's account and informed her she had violated hate speech rules. Her account was shut down for 12 hours. The Cologne police said on Monday that they had filed a criminal complaint against von Storch for hate speech.

The lawmaker then upped the ante, writing a sarcastic post once her account was reopened. She also announced that her Facebook account had been "censored" due to a hate speech complaint.

"Facebook has also censored me. That is the end of the constitutional state," she wrote, showing the message she received from the social media giant.



Anonymous said...

No one must dare to say anything negative about Muslims. After all, Islam is the "Religion of Peace".

Bird of Paradise said...

Who ever called Islam the Religion of Peace must be the same cracked urn who claimed the adopted the Bat Boy they have bats in their belfrie

Anonymous said...

Why was it racist or hate speech?
She didn't say that all Muslim men were barbaric or gang-raping. She only said that there were hordes of those who were. And that the cops were trying to appease those particular men.
Is it racist to say that there are hordes of barbaric Muslim men (see Syria), or that there are hordes of gang-raping Muslim men (ask some Yazidi women what they think about that).