Germany’s new censorship law – keep in mind that Germany already has major bureaucratic limits to free speech — went into effect today. On Day 1 of the new law:
A prominent figure in the Alternative for Germany party (AfD) has run afoul of Germany’s draconian new censorship law, as officials crack down on whatever they deem to be “hate speech.”
Twitter froze the account of Beatrix von Storch, saying she had violated “hate speech” rules, after the politician tweeted her indignation at a New Year’s greeting issued in Arabic by the Cologne Police.
“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 von Storch, the deputy leader of the AfD party…
On New Year’s Day, Ms. von Storch’s account was shut down for 12 hours after Cologne police filed a criminal complaint against her for hate speech.
Once her account was unfrozen, the parliamentarian announced that her Facebook account had also been censored.
“This is the end of the rule of law,” she wrote, posting the message she received from Facebook administrators.
The new law is designed to curtail nationalism and the Right.
It is also serving as a trial balloon for FaceBorg, YouTube, and Twitter (who will eventually claim ‘success’ at reducing ‘hate’) to do the same in the U.S.