Germany approves bill curbing online “hate” crime, fake news

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Who decides what’s hate and what’s not? All of the reportage on my work is hate-filled, but I assure you that it will not be criminalized. What will Germany do when truth is deemed hate?

Who determines what is fake news?

Germany approves bill curbing online hate crime, fake news

By Kristen Grieshaber, Associated Press, April 5, 2017:

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new bill that punishes social networking sites if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content such as hate speech or defamatory fake news.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet agreed on rules that would impose fines of up to 50 million euros (53.4 million dollars) on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said that the companies offering such online platforms are responsible for removing hateful content. He said the new bill would not restrict the freedom of expression, but intervene only when criminal hatred or intentionally false news are posted.

Germany poses a particular problem for U.S.-owned social networking sites accustomed to American standards of free speech. Due to its Nazi past, Germany bans public Holocaust denial and any overt promotion of racism. The issue has come to the fore amid the recent influx of migrants to Germany, which has sparked a backlash among some Germans including a rise in online vitriol.

Social networks need to ensure that obviously criminal content — as defined by German law — will be deleted within 24 hours and other illegal content after seven days.

“Just like on the streets, there is also no room for criminal incitement on social networks,” Maas said.

“The internet affects the culture of debate and the atmosphere in our society. Verbal radicalization is often a preliminary stage to physical violence,” he added.

The minister pointed out that social networks don’t delete enough punishable content, citing research that he said showed Twitter deletes just 1 percent of illegal content flagged by users, while Facebook deletes 39 percent.

Maas also said that measures to combat hate speech and so-called fake news will ultimately have to be taken at the European level to be effective.

  • pipo

    Once the Germans had the Waffen SS now they have the Waffen Pussies. Aufwedersehen Deutschland.

    • pipo

      On a footnote, do those Germans have a death wish because it will come. How much will they fine me, the plonkers. I will have a life sentence according to those creeps.

    • knightsstrength

      That’s what happens when they jump in bed with the Muslim Waffen SS. Many people never hear about that, how far worse Waffen SS were in the Balkans.

      Always Hitler and Nazism, never the Balkans and the other evil the
      Ustaše, Probably to protect the Catholic Church, even Nuns, Priest manned Concentration Camps alongside the Muslims

      The Ustaše, also known as “Ustashe”, “Ustashas”, and “Ustashi”, were members of the Ustaša – Croatian Revolutionary Movement, a Croatian fascist, ultranationalist and terrorist organization, active, in its original form, between 1929 and 1945.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usta%C5%A1e

  • worth-reading article of the leftist paper @tagesspiegel, ‘… Nobody, EXCEPT the judiciary (e.g. Section 130 criminal code), can forbid our mouths. This is exactly what SHOULD CHANGE. …’ http://translate.google.com.br/translate?hl=pt-BR&sl=de&tl=en&u=http://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/gesetzentwurf-von-heiko-maas-erdoganismus-in-reinkultur/19537970.html

    • CC1980

      Next thinking the wrong way will be a crime.

  • brock marks

    Next…. the burning of books… das good no?

    • michaelofsydney

      Maybe you need to get with the times…..it will probably be the confiscation of internet cables or if the Gestapo are having a real bad day, the smashing of your phone and computer.

    • Padpaw22 .

      already been happening

  • Voytek Gagalka

    Obviously they hate US, “truth” tellers, to the point we just disappear. Their hate, of course, will NOT be criminalized. New Nazis. First what the previous Nazis did was to “criminalize” everything they did not like. Now those new photo-shopped Nazis will end up exactly as previous master copy. One day.

  • CC1980

    Merkel can kiss her ‘re-election good bye, that woman should be hanged for treason, she’s done more harm to Germany than Hitler and that includes the bombing Germany took because of Hitler.

    • Jon Sobieski

      Polls say Merkel wins easily. Germans still want her. Crazy.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        germans are so stupid that they will re-elect her, as the german brain is almost identical to that of a sheep, other than the sheep is far more freedom inclined.

    • The voters are stupid!

      Shitlery came mighty close to winning here in the USA. This is a dangerous world we live in thanks to the stupidity of the electorate.

      • IzlamIsTyranny

        The only reason Shillariah came close to winning? Mass demorat voter fraud.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    It makes no difference what germany does, as it will soon be an islamic third world sewer without electricity or computers. the problem will solve itself.

  • Jon Sobieski

    The Germans are largely ok with this. Suicide is easy if you don’t worry.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    The german hypocrites are fools, and liars. They only mean anything that tells the truth about islam. The slander and lies about any other religion or political movement will not be affected. The german ship of state has fools for a crew.

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    Besides key word search algorithms, they rely on complaints, generally by Muslim groups. The only remedy that comes to mind is forming groups to complain about Muslim propaganda.

  • bannedquran20

    The German people as a nation, submitted to islam and it’s muslim zombies a long time ago.

  • Drew the Infidel

    “What will Germany do when the truth is deemed hate?” They already tried that once. Wasn’t that one massive failure enough? Does this portend the rebirth of the “Volkischer Beobachter”, that infamous Nazi rag?

  • Alleged Comment

    Obviously another law to CONTROL you and do as I say, not what I DO!! ON YOUR KNEES Germany!!

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  • Poppey

    This news while irritating to supporters of small government and the supremacy of the individual, was I’m sorry to say predictable from the German political establishment, the English speaking peoples of the Western alliance can no longer assume Germany will stand with us to defend freedom. The reasons are below.

    Since 1945, America as the dominant military, political and financial source of power in Western Europe understandably allowed herself to be dazzled by old school German technical and industrial prowess, what America found under the ashes of military and industrial defeat impressed massively. But that was then, since 1989 and the collapse of the Communist East, Germany has changed, it’s stopped holding it’s breath over the fear of invasion from the East, exhaled, dropped the illusion of a military defence and gone over to building a forth Reich of German political dominance founded on money and it’s power through the structures of the EU.

    Modern Germany has found a new way to dominate Western Europe, it still is, and while refusing to use it’s strike aircraft anywhere against Islamic terrorism except as reconnaissance aircraft, has continued it’s mission to order the affairs of lesser European states through the EU and the single currency. What British diplomacy fought to prevent for 250 years from 1700 to 1945 has come to pass, a massively powerful populous state squatting in the heart of Western Europe too large to control and too big to ignore.

    The Germans have never been known for their willingness to take up arms in defence of the freedom of the individual, as people they’ve always respected actual power and the display of autocratic or military authority, not so English speakers across the world. Reflect, how many thousands of English speaking soldiers and airmen from Britain, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Rhodesia, Canada, India and British possessions in Africa lie buried in the soils of Europe where they fell in the act of making Europe free once more?

    How many German graves are there in America of Germans who died liberating you guys or the Canadians?

    Germany as an ally has gone, they have a female defence minister, a loathing of all things military, a flabby ill prepared “army” which awards itself medals for “peace keeping” not for bravely closing with the enemy and destroying him, that’s MUCH too “last century” for contemporary German leaders. The old Germany is not coming back either.

    No, if America or Britain continue to look to that country to defend the Western values it purports to value against the threats we know we face, in my estimation we can all forget them, the Germans are growing fat again, but this time it’s not “guns or butter”, it’s power and influence to change Europe into a political colony and sponge for it’s exports and the 15 or 20 million Islamic and Africa economic migrants it’s leaders insist on letting in.

    Merkel is still polite, but under her breath you can hear her muttering about funding her share of NATO and the defence of her own borders, “over my dead body” is what I hear..

    Trump, America and Britain had better wake up, while we fought the terrorists, chattered, postured and gazed in awe at the success of reunification, the table cloth with Germany smack in the centre of it has slowly moved away.

    • IzlamIsTyranny

      I seem to remember German mercenaries fighting in the War of Independence.

  • Stifle! Edith!

    Cut the internet connections to Germany.

  • Mic

    The hearts of Tyrants have no rest while any vehicle of truth exists

  • Padpaw22 .

    The problem is the government decides what is fake news, That is easily open to abuse when something true but unflattering is said, they will call it fake news to have it removed.

    This is censorship to cover up inappropriate acts by those in charge disguised as for the citizens benefit.

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    Hmmmm,…..
    This looks awfully familiar ……..
    Controlling peoples speech because it doesn’t ‘fit’ the States narrative of ‘truth’ or racial ‘purity’ ??!!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17480a57c11bbc72a11d86fe5b3bb520c3181cef20aa24ad22407635d2443652.jpg

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