Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

German far-right MP investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts

German far-right MP investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts

The companies will have as little as 24 hours to judge whether a post is hateful, and then delete it. If so, they could face fines or a prison sentence.

A far-right German MP is under police investigation over inflammatory anti-Muslim comments she made on social media on New Year's Eve.

A new censorship German law known as NetzDG has been submitted on January the 1 to crack down on hate speech online.

The far-right, xenophobic AFD rose to prominence in Germany during the refugee crisis that saw Germany take in over a million refugees from majority-Muslim countries. She later re-posted the message on Facebook, where it was also taken down. The comments led to brief Facebook and Twitter bans. "Do you think it is to appease the barbaric, gang-raping hordes of Muslim men?" von Storch tweeted. She also announced that her Facebook account had been "censored" due to a hate speech complaint. The question was put forth to her on Facebook and while she answered "yes", she later claimed that her computer mouse had slipped.

Overseeing such cities as Cologne and Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia police had posted a celebratory message in several languages, such as English, French and Arabic, on December 31, The Guardian reports. And now Twitter is blocking me because I'm promoting violence with my counter-tweet.

"What the hell is going on in this country?" howled Von Storch on Twitter.

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Cologne Chief Prosecutor Ulf Willuhn said prosecutors must now decide whether Ms von Storch's message amounted to "inciting people to commit violence against a certain section of society". Even if they are Muslims.

Beatrix von Storch and Georg Pazderski of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) reacts for a draw level during the second election round. The law came into force in October, but the government gave companies three months to adjust to the new rules.

The law dictates that Facebook, Twitter, and other firms must investigate complaints of hate speech on their platforms immediately.

Not everyone is happy about the change.

"The short deadline for removal, coupled with the threat of heavy fines, will very likely drive social networks to remove more content than is legally justified".

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