Europe's Out-Of-Control Censorship

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Authored by Judith Bergmann via The Gatestone Institute,

  • If Facebook insists on the rules of censorship, it should at the very least administer those rules in a fair way. Facebook, however, does not even pretend that it administers its censorship in any way that approximates fairness.
  • Posts critical of Chancellor Merkel's migrant policies, for example, can be categorized as "Islamophobia", and are often found to violate "Community Standards", while incitement to actual violence and the murder of Jews and Israelis by Palestinian Arabs is generally considered as conforming to Facebook's "Community Standards".
  • Notwithstanding the lawsuits, Facebook's bias is so strong that it recently restored Palestinian Arab terrorist group Fatah's Facebook page, which incites hatred and violence against Jews -- despite having shut it down only three days earlier. In 2016 alone, this page had a minimum of 130 posts glorifying terror and murder of Jews.

Germany has formally announced its draconian push towards censorship of social media. On March 14, Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas announced the plan to formalize into law the "code of conduct", which Germany pressed upon Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in late 2015, and which included a pledge to delete "hate speech" from their websites within 24 hours.

"This [draft law] sets out binding standards for the way operators of social networks deal with complaints and obliges them to delete criminal content," Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement announcing the planned legislation.

"Criminal" content? Statements that are deemed illegal under German law are now being conflated with statements that are merely deemed, subjectively and on the basis of entirely random complaints from social media users -- who are free to abuse the code of conduct to their heart's content -- to be "hate speech". "Hate speech" has included critiques of Chancellor Angela Merkel's migration policies. To be in disagreement with the government's policies is now potentially "criminal". Social media companies, such as Facebook, are supposed to be the German government's informers and enforcers -- qualified by whom and in what way? -- working at the speed of light to comply with the 24-hour rule. Rule of law, clearly, as in North Korea, Iran, Russia or any banana-republic, has no place in this system.

Maas is not pleased with the efforts of the social media companies. They do not, supposedly, delete enough reported content, nor do they delete it fast enough, according to a survey by the Justice Ministry's youth protection agency. It found that YouTube was able to remove around 90% of "illegal" postings within a week, while Facebook deleted or blocked 39% of content and Twitter only 1%. The German minister, it seems, wants more efficiency.

"We need to increase the pressure on social networks... There is just as little room for criminal propaganda and slander [on social media] as on the streets," said Maas. "For this we need legal regulations." He has now presented these legal regulations in the form of a draft bill, which provides for complaints, reporting and fines.

There also appears to be no differentiation made between primary-source hate speech, as in many religious tenets, and secondary-source hate speech, reporting on the former.

According to the draft, social media platforms with more than two million users would be obliged to delete or block any criminal offenses, such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint. The networks receive seven days for more complicated cases. Germany could fine a social media company up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law; it could fine a company's chief representative in Germany up to 5 million euros.

It does not stop there. Germany does not want these measures to be limited to its own jurisdiction. It wants to share them with the rest of Europe: "In the end, we also need European solutions for European-wide companies," said Maas. The European Union already has a similar code of conduct in place, so that should not be very hard to accomplish.

Facebook, for its part, has announced that by the end of 2017, the number of employees in complaints-management in Berlin will be increased to more than 700. A spokeswoman said that Facebook had clear rules against hate speech and works "hard" on removing "criminal content".

If Facebook insists on operating under rules of censorship, it should at the very least aim to administer those rules in a fair manner. Facebook, however, does not even pretend that it administers its censorship in any way that approximates fairness. Instead, Facebook's practice of its so-called "Community Standards" -- the standards to which Facebook refers when deleting or allowing content on its platform in response to user complaints -- shows evidence of entrenched bias. Posts critical of Merkel's migrant policies, for example, can get categorized as "Islamophobia", and are often found to violate "Community Standards", while incitement to actual violence and the murder of Jews and Israelis by Palestinian Arabs is generally considered as conforming to Facebook's "Community Standards".

Facebook's bias, in fact, became so pronounced that in October 2015, Shurat Hadin Israel Law Center filed an unprecedented lawsuit against Facebook on behalf of some 20,000 Israelis, to stop allowing Palestinian Arab terrorists to use the social network to incite violent attacks against Jews. The complaint sought an injunction against Facebook that required it to monitor incitement and to respond immediately to complaints about content that incites people to violence. Shurat Hadin wrote at the time:

"...Facebook is much more than a neutral internet platform or a mere 'publisher' of speech because its algorithms connect the terrorists to the inciters. Facebook actively assists the inciters to find people who are interested in acting on their hateful messages by offering friend, group and event suggestions ... Additionally, Facebook often refuses to take down the inciting pages, claiming that they do not violate its 'community standards'. Calling on people to commit crimes is not constitutionally protected speech and endangers the lives of Jews and Israelis".

In 2016, Shurat Hadin filed a separate $1 billion lawsuit on behalf of five victims of Hamas terrorism and their families. They are seeking damages against Facebook under the U.S. Antiterrorism Act, for Facebook's having provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook services, which Hamas then used to carry out their terrorist activities. The US has officially designated Hamas a "Foreign Terrorist Organization" which means that it is a criminal offense to provide material support to such an organization.

Notwithstanding the lawsuits, Facebook's bias is so strong that it recently restored Palestinian Arab terrorist group Fatah's Facebook page, which incites hatred and violence against Jews -- despite having shut it down only three days earlier. In 2016 alone, this page had a minimum of 130 posts glorifying terror and the murder of Jews.

It is only a small step from imposing censorship on social media companies to asking the same of email providers, or ordering postal authorities to screen letters, magazines and brochures in the event that citizens spread supposed "xenophobia" and "fake news". There is ample precedent for such a course of action on the continent: During the Cold War, people living behind the Iron Curtain had their private letters opened by the communist authorities; those passages deemed to be out of line with the communist orthodoxy, were simply blacked out.

Who would have thought that more than a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), Western Europe would be reinventing itself in the image of the Soviet Union?

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TheSilentMajority's picture

Germany needs to be liberated, again.

quax's picture

"Germany needs to be liberated, again."

Yes from the silent "majority".

Belrev's picture

In an attempt to break through Western media censorship and lies, a Russian war journalist actually travelled to Syria's air base that Trump bombed and saw 'stockpiles of chemical weapons' up close.

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EuroSheepele ... Just Shut Up and Be Politically Correct, and Studiously listen to Our MSM ~ And Accept Your Elitist-Dick-Tated Gradual Demise...

paizan's picture

When it's Islam, everyone cries wolf.

But in Europe you are jailed if you deny the HoloHoax.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/jews-and-history-lies...

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lexxus (not verified) paizan Apr 8, 2017 12:24 PM

Palestinian Arab Terrorist?

Fatah? The government of the Palestinian territories?

Jeez, ZH, your bias couldn't be any clearer.

How much you wanna bet, ZH, that the Israeli government terrorists killed more innocent Palestinians in Gaza than Fatah did of Israelis?

How much, ugh?

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cheka's picture

their holocaust laws only weaken the claims of the official story

quax's picture

Nope, it just puts the haters into jail. 

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valjoux7750's picture

Imagine that, your a negroid too.....hate it for ya

quax's picture

Good thing it's just one man who is responsible for all evil in the world. Since he is very old world peace will break out very soon.

destiny's picture

All are not sheeple ....but yes it is insane in Europe, France where i live has become the stupidest place to be ! politicians are like comedia del arte comedians....some people know that if voting was really useful as they pretend to be, then it would be long forbbiden...that's the real world....illusions and certainly not in the interset of the people...to hell with these damned politicians

Got The Wrong No's picture

You posted it. Did you watch it?????   The Russian said clearly that the containers were munition containers, NOT CHEMICAL CONTAINERS. You only listened to the CNN liars report. What an Idiot. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Its been open season on Christianity jokes and slander in Europe for hundreds of years.  The restraint on wearing out jews dates from post WW II.    The total ban on making fun of Islam is built into Islam since the 7th century.   They are a voting block that finger in the wind politicians want in their camp.  They bring them and their chain migration relatives and brides by the millions to pander to for votes.  

quax's picture

Unlike in the US, in Europe you have many historical places marked where witches where burned. And you sure don't want to miss museum tours that feature medieval torture instruments. Wars over Christian confessions have ripped Europe apart over and over again since Martin Luther nailed his famous treatise to the church doors in Wittenberg. These kind of conflicts carried well into the 20th century.

Christianity is every bit (*not*) the religion of peace that Islam is, only American hicks are too stupid to get that. You don't know what freedom is until you are free of religion.

 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Title: Europe's Out-Of-Control Censorship

My response: Coming to America any day now or maybe it is already here!!

Laddie's picture

It is quite amusing the Jewish owned Gatestone Institute talking about "free speech" it has been the Jews who have DESTROYED free speech in the White nations.

And it will come to the USA, every single Jew on the US Supreme Court including Sephardic jewess Sotomayor want free speech by whites SILENCED.

Then the disarmament of Whites and THEN the Bolshevik bloodbath will start, as it happened in Russia.

This is a quick way to get a sense of their power:
Dr Duke laid out an airtight case that the Syrian government of President Assad had no motive to use poison gas while the agents of the pro-war neocons, Israelis, and their allies had every motive. He roundly condemned Donald Trump’s decision, and urged him to go back to his campaign promises to reject foreign wars and pursue an America First foreign policy.

British author and activist Mark Collett warned President Trump that he is very much mistaken if he feels that he can shore up his presidency by warming up to the neocons, who will use him and then throw him under the bus. Dr. Slattery made the point that as disappointed as he is with President Trump, he thinks that Trump feels cornered by a hostile Congress, Judiciary, and Media and is doing this to buy himself some breathing room. He reserved the bulk of his ire for erstwhile progressive peace activists who parade about in obscene pussy hats and never gave the President credit for trying to pursue a non-interventionist foreign policy.
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German-Jewish politician Gregor Gysi July, 2015 praising the coming extinction of Germans!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZngUCVO-tc
"Every year more native Germans die than there are born. That is very fortunate. It’s because the Nazis are not very good at having offspring. This [decline of Germans] is why we are so dependent on immigration from foreign countries."
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Jews Demand Open Borders for USA, But Use DNA to Keep Israel Racially Pure December 20, 2013

Blankone's picture

The jews always flip the truth and then project the crime onto the goy.

The jews waited until Russia's forces were engaged and resources depleted and then they (Bolsheviks) attacked, overthrew the govt and created the Soviet Union phase.

The jews now have control (not absolute yet) of europe and that is why old soviet methods are being used.

That is also why the society is being broken by importing refugees.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Gatestone just loves censorship as long as it only applies to critics of Jew behavior.

UselessEater's picture

Nah.....you have no evidence go back to meditating vigorously!

http://historyreviewed.com/index.php/2017/04/06/video-massive-massive-eu...

 

I received 53 legal notices today for all the videos on the #TeamWhite Channel which Alex Linder and I run. Every single video that Alex and I did has been banned in: Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Israel, Italy, Martinique, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Poland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Reunion, French Southern Territories, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte.

In the video I made an error! I forgot to mention Austria as well!

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He is the most tireless Christian who wages unending wars against communism.

He is the author of more books than I can mention! Too many! You’ll find his presentations and books (and much more) here: Christian Liberty Books

silverer's picture

Those companies should declare Germany a dictatorship and pull out completely, immediately.

Rubicon727's picture

My Italian friend tells me the German legislature is going to pass this censorship bill.

It's not just anger over the immigrants sweeping into Germany, but how these folks are taking over the jobs with far less pay.Even Germans are up in arms and voicing their anger. Other, older Germans, are moving out of their nation, and living in parts of Central Europe.

The Italian says it feels Hitlerian while Brussels, and other EU nations are banning free speech as much as possible. There's a high correlation between the EU crumbling economy extremely imbalanced by bohemoth Germany.

He was over here a few weeks ago, and could easily sense there was little online censorship as compared to Germany.

innertrader's picture

IT HAS ALSO begun within the U.S.A. !!!

 

FAIRTAX!!!

TRIUMPH with TRUMP!!!

CHX13's picture

SLUMP with TRUMP...

 

...Hey I can come up with some catchy shit too!

tuetenueggel's picture

Try this:  Dump Trump

or dumb Trump

Mr.Sono's picture

not surprised there. Whats the difference between Soviet Union and European Union? Still a Union.

whatswhat1@yahoo.com's picture

Anything in the German language sounds like a war crime.  The Austrian-German language sounds like a war crime with whip cream.

 

tuetenueggel's picture

Well for people who are to stupid to learn foreign languages it sounds right.

But as in Europe almost everyone speaks more then 2 tongue, you must be of a sandnigger´s IQ.

divingengineer's picture

Websites will simply eliminate comments. It sounds like a big problem for Facefuck and Twatter though. I'm sure their stock will still double for no reason.

Robert Trip's picture

The Fuhrer's Birthday Celebrations are quickly approaching April 20.

At least we can reminisce about how great a country Germany became from 1933-39 when the Fuhrer got rid of "Them."

JLM's picture

Big Brother turns out to be a woman, go figure.... .

tuetenueggel's picture

If Merkel is a woman i am Emperor of China.

The_Dude's picture

Get off of Fakebook and take to the streets. ...

Robert Trip's picture

Banned words.

Lampshades, soap, oven, cattle car...........

SpanishGoop's picture

Start at 1. we are all willing to add words and help Mark and Angela....

 

 

quax's picture

Censership was always alive and well in Europe. There is no other country that enshrines freedom of speech as absolute as America. 

For instance Holocaust denial has always been a felony in post war German law.

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----_- (not verified) quax Apr 8, 2017 3:16 PM

"There is no other country that enshrines freedom of speech as absolute as America. "

 

the kikes have tried to pass a bill several times this year to fix this one

 

 

Mimir's picture

There exists no demand in Europe for following the bad example of the US.

 Hate speech has no place in a civilized society 

 The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that "any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law"

 Ireland is a good example where the right to free speech is guaranteed under the Constitution, however The Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989, proscribes words or behaviours which are "threatening, abusive or insulting and are intended or, having regard to all the circumstances, are likely to stir up hatred" against "a group of persons in the State or elsewhere on account of their race, color, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, membership of the travelling community or sexual orientation". 

Or Sweden which prohibits hate speech, and defines it as publicly making statements that threaten or express disrespect for an ethnic group or similar group regarding their race, skin color, national or ethnic origin, faith, or sexual orientation

You will find such laws in , France, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Denmark , Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, and Canada among many more.

 

jet20's picture

"No room for criminal propaganda online and in the streets"? Does that mean this illegimate German regime will self-censor as of now?