Germany Passes "Orwellian" Anti-Free-Speech "Facebook Law"

Tyler Durden's picture

The writing has been on the wall for months, but German lawmakers have now passed a controversial law under which Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies could face fines of up to €50 million ($57 million) for failing to remove hate speech.

As AP reports, the measure approved is designed to enforce the country’s existing limits on speech, including the long-standing ban on Holocaust denial. Among other things, it would fine social networking sites if they persistently fail to remove illegal content within a week, including defamatory “fake news.”

“Freedom of speech ends where the criminal law begins,” said Justice Minister Heiko Maas, who was the driving force behind the bill.

Under the law, social media companies would face steep fines for failing to remove “obviously illegal” content — including hate speech, defamation, and incitements to violence — within 24 hours. They would face an initial fine of €5 million, which could rise to €50 million. Web companies would have up to one week to decide on cases that are less clear cut.

Aside from the hefty fine for companies, the law also provides for fines of up to 5 million euros for the person each company designates to deal with the complaints procedure if it doesn’t meet requirements.

Social networks also have to publish a report every six months detailing how many complaints they received and how they dealt with them.

Maas said official figures showed the number of hate crimes in Germany increased by over 300 percent in the last two years.

But human rights experts and the companies affected warn that the law risks privatising the process of censorship and could have a chilling effect on free speech.

“This law as it stands now will not improve efforts to tackle this important societal problem,” Facebook said in a statement.

 

“We feel that the lack of scrutiny and consultation do not do justice to the importance of the subject. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure safety for the people on our platform,” the company said, noting that it is hiring 3,000 additional staff on top of 4,500 already working to review posts.

In an interview with Breitbart London, the CEO of Index on Censorship, Jodie Ginsburg, said:

"Hate speech laws are already too broad and ambiguous in much of Europe. This agreement fails to properly define what 'illegal hate speech' is and does not provide sufficient safeguards for freedom of expression.

 

"It devolves power once again to unelected corporations to determine what amounts to hate speech and police it — a move that is guaranteed to stifle free speech in the mistaken belief this will make us all safer. It won't. It will simply drive unpalatable ideas and opinions underground where they are harder to police — or to challenge.

 

"There have been precedents of content removal for unpopular or offensive viewpoints and this agreement risks amplifying the phenomenon of deleting controversial — yet legal — content via misuse or abuse of the notification processes."

A coalition of free speech organizations, European Digital Rights and Access Now, announced their decision not to take part in future discussions with the European Commission, saying that "we do not have confidence in the ill-considered 'code of conduct' that was agreed." A statement warned:

"In short, the 'code of conduct' downgrades the law to a second-class status, behind the 'leading role' of private companies that are being asked to arbitrarily implement their terms of service. This process, established outside an accountable democratic framework, exploits unclear liability rules for online companies. It also creates serious risks for freedom of expression, as legal — but controversial — content may well be deleted as a result of this voluntary and unaccountable take-down mechanism.

 

"This means that this 'agreement' between only a handful of companies and the European Commission is likely in breach of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (under which restrictions on fundamental rights should be provided for by law), and will, in practical terms, overturn case law of the European Court of Human Rights on the defense of legal speech."

Writing for Gatestone Institute, British commentator Douglas Murray noted that this assault on "racist" speech "appears to include anything critical of the EU's current catastrophic immigration policy." He wrote:

"By deciding that 'xenophobic' comment in reaction to the crisis is also 'racist,' Facebook has made the view of the majority of the European people (who, it must be stressed, are opposed to Chancellor Merkel's policies) into 'racist' views, and so is condemning the majority of Europeans as 'racist.' This is a policy that will do its part in pushing Europe into a disastrous future.

Janice Atkinson, an independent MEP for the South East England region, summed it up this way: "It's Orwellian. Anyone who has read 1984 sees its very re-enactment live."

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I am Jobe's picture

Coming soon to the USA. 

Home of the Free , Land of the Brave

Hope Americas are ready to celebrate the 4th with all the freedom that has been taken away. Wave the Flag and chant USA USA USA 

yomutti2's picture

The USA isn't perfect, but we're free as birds compared with the Europeans.

 

07564111's picture

you've changed your country of residence little ukie troll ??

NotApplicable's picture

I consider this law itself to be a form of "hate speech."

Where's my justice?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Anyone know if Zuckerberg resisted this law? With his billions he could have lobbied against it and defeated it. If not, he's a criminal collaborator with the deep state.

fbazzrea's picture

please, just please, don't throw me in that briarpatch...

auricle's picture

Sorry Germans, you've lost your country. 

J S Bach's picture

Those poor Teutons.  They've been living zombies ever since the de-nazification lobotomized their collective brains.

RTP's picture

Whole Germany is now a hate speech camp...anyone now has a shackle. Loving Hitler is verboten

playit's picture

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divingengineer's picture

German cucks love it, bring in the muzzy bulls to fuck their old ladies and daughters.
They don't seem to have any impulse for self preservation left, so fuck em.

Killdo's picture

don't forget their sons too

Still Losing Money's picture

many jews helped to load other jews into the box cars

waspwench's picture

Sugarmountain is a member of the tribe.

Sun Rabbit's picture

He most defecately IS a dicknified member of the tribe. Those beady eyes, that fake smile with the 1-inch gum line, it's obvious. I can't stand him. Never had a BookFace account and I'd advise anyone so afflicted to get rid of it ASAP. If BookFace is free, how come Sugarmountain is a billionaire- obvious because his product is YOUR info being sold to all the 3-letter agencies, a situation only 4-letter words can adequately describe.

shovelhead's picture

“Freedom of speech ends where the criminal law begins,”

 

"And we will determine exactly where that line is.

No, you don't have any say in the matter."

SoDamnMad's picture

Same with the EU agreement on refugees. It was suppose to be war ravaged sufferers from Irq and Syria and morphed into economic disadvantaged from all of Africa and Brussels demands all countries take refugees no matter what the cost to their cultures are.  

Behind the deaths lies a multi-million dollar smuggling trade with financial connections to Frankfurt, Italy and Libya.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/migrant-smuggling-business-means-big-money-in-libya-a-1113654.html

Scrimpy's picture

I just found out I am an "Anti-Semite".

Why? Because I asked "why doesn't the media call Israel's 70 year old Muslim Travel Ban, and new anti-Muslim border wall
(paid for by the U.S. taxpayer) "racist", like they did with Trump's (Campaign LIE) Border Wall, and SO CALLED "Muslim Travel Ban. So-Called,
because IT WAS ONLY FOR THE SEVEN MUSLIM COUNTRIES OBAMA BOMBED WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT. Not an actual "Muslim Travel Ban" like Israel's.
Just another in a long string of lies from the media. "FAKE NEWS"

For some reason (NEW WORLD ORDER/GLOBALIZATION) Israel and the Media want America and Europe to be flooded with Muslim refugees
and invaders from the south but they want none for Israel. Bibi Netanyahu said Israel's new border wall and Muslim travel ban were
important for "Israel's security",and for "demographics"(aka JEWISH PURITY).  "Israel is too small" he said, but all Jews (except black jews)
are welcome to come any time. They'll just steal some more Arab land to make room! So why isn't stealing land from Arabic speaking peoples "anti-Semitic"?
Simple, because the Jew controlled media lie to America at every turn, as they practice JEW PRIVILEGE and blame it on whites!

So the website I posted on banned me and called me "anti-semitic". I asked myself what the heck is a Semite, anyway? I, unlike 99.9999% of the
brainwashed sheeple in America took the two minutes to look up the word Semite, before mindlessly repeating it every time someone tells the truth
about Israel and the Globalist Jews. Ever hear of a dictionary? It tells you what words mean.

Well surprise surprise, A Semite is someone who speaks ARABIC or Jewish languages. I also found out that the vast majority of Semites are indeed Arabs.
Very few Jewish people speak Yiddish, Hebrew, or Ladino today. Do you know any???? I sure don't, but every Jew is a Semite according to the media.
"ANTI-SEMITE" IS A MADE UP WORD used by the media to demonize anyone who dares speak  the truth about Israel and the Globalist Jews....
just like "homophobe"...I mean who on earth is afraid of those prancing fairies, except the little boys they are about to sodomize?

Only 1/4 million people speak Yiddish, another 200,000 or so speak Hebrew or Ladino,so less than a half million. 420 MILLION speak "Arabic Languages".
JEWISH SEMITES ARE ONLY A TINY FRACTION OF ALL SEMITES, but everyone I ask says a Semite is only a Jew.
How can Americans be so ignorant? It's quite obvious that the Jewish controlled media (FAKE NEWS) is lying to us (ABOUT EVERYTHING).

Most Jews are not Semites, and a staggering majority of Semites, are not Jews! Does the  media portray it this way? WHY Not??
Well WHEW runs 95% of the media in this country one might ask?

So WHY doesn't the "FAKE NEWS" media call Israel "anti-semitic" for their 70 YEAR OLD ARAB AND MUSLIM TRAVER BAN?

I did some more research and found out that 95% of the U.S. media (FAKE NEWS) is run by JEWS. Yep, 1.8% of the population in America controls 95%
of all movie studios, news networks, newspapers, publishing houses, TV Stations, magazines, record companies, and even almost every single pro sport.
Not only that, the same  1.8% of the  population OWNS THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, (a private, for profit bank) and just printed themselves and their buddies over
SEVEN TRILLION DOLLARS under Obama alone. WHITE PRIVILEGE?????? Really?????

We can't even AUDIT THE FED and see where that money went, BECAUSE THE 1.8% who control the media SAY IT WOULD BE 'ANTI-SEMITIC'.
These are the same people who are constantly LYING ABOUT WHITE PRIVILEGE. Which group of white people HAS THEIR OWN MONEY PRINTING PRESS
AND CAN PRINT THEMSELVES AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY WANT TO? It's no surprise that the media has never explained what Quantitative Easing is.
Q.E-1, Q.E.-2, Q.E.-3 and soon Q.E. 4-Ever! ALL JEWISH BANKERS PRINTING THEMSELVES AND THEIR BUDDIES TRILLIONS! Where did it go?
Who wants to bet they will be screaming for another Bailout within a year or two?

btw, a Trillion = 1000 X 1000 X 1000 X 1000...So 8 Trillion in FREE MONEY is not enough for the privileged 1.8%?????? They need more?
White Privilege???? Really? Which group of whites got part of that money? Perhaps only a few Shabbos Goy like Jewmie Dimon.

The very same folks in the UN-DIVERSE MEDIA who sing the praises of DIE-VERSITY for all white countries, ignore the fact that
ISRAEL SHUNS DIVERSITY LIKE THE PLAGUE....Because diversity destroys, and unity hold things together. Imagine that, the privileged Jews
not practicing the racist lies they preach.

Sweden is now the RAPE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, THANKS TO DIE-VERSITY. The "FAKE NEWS" just "forgot" to report that. 75% of illegal invaders
in the U.S.are on welfare and EBT, the 25% who do work take jobs from the most vulnerable AMERICAN CITIZENS...ooopsie!!! Forgot to report that too!
YAAAAAAAY DIE-versity!!

Israel is also the most racist country an earth. No black people are allowed to immigrate to Israel, no Hispanics, no Asians, no white people,
no Indians, and NO CHRISTIANS ARE ALLOWED! So that Makes Israel, Racist, Anti-Semitic, Hinduphobic and Christophobic. Does the Jew run media
ever report on that? WAKE UP WHITE SHEEPLE! Why doesn't a Federal Judge say the SIX BILLION IN FOREIGN AID TO ISRAEL HAS TO STOP? Who controls the JEW-diciary?
Take a guess!!! Ummmm What can't that SEVEN TRILLION DOLLARS BUY?????

The fact that no Republican voted for Obamacare, but the Republican Controlled Supreme Court OK'ed it TWICE, and mandated Gay Marriage nationwide,
even when only a handful of states filed suit, should prove to you that the Supreme Court has been bought off also. Can you name a Republican who
was for Sodomite marriage or Obowelcare?

Oh, and how stupid are Americans to believe "SYRIA HAS WMDS"....Did you brainwashed sheeple forget about Iraq already? It seems the media "forgot" to
report that Israel bombed Syria a few weeks back, and got one of it's jets shot down. Israel then whined and cried like a little baby.
How dare Syria shoot down our jet when we are bombing Syria!

So Israel threatened their neighbors some more, then contacted Kushner, (THEIR MOSSAD AGENT IN TRUMP'S WHITE HOUSE), who cried to his wife Ivanka.
Ivanka then pleaded with her daddy to cowardly lob some cruise missiles at Syria for defending their air space. Donald Trump is a disgrace, just like Obama.

Politifact (a 1.8% run "fact checking" site), claimed 'one of Obama's greatest accomplishments was disarming Syria of it's WMDS'....
Now POLITIFACT (PolitiFARCE) HAS now EDITED IT'S STORY!!!!!....(FAKE NEWS) More lies and soon to be more American dead from fighting Israel's wars of aggression.

The U.S war against Syria is about replacingAssad with AN ISRAEL FRIENDLY GOVERNMENT, not just running a Qatari natural gas pipeline to Europe and breaking
Russia's current natural gas monopoly there. You see Russia is a threat to the New (Jew) World Order, and will not commit suicide by invader like all the other
white countries, so they have got to go. Even if it means nuclear war. Russia wants to run a new pipeline from Iran to Europe too...THROUGH SYRIA!!!
You can't have a Jew World Order and a Free Russia..., a free Europe, OR EVEN A BILL OF RIGHTS AND AMERICA for that matter. ALL WHITE COUNTRIES MUST PERISH
SO GREATER ISRAEL AND THE JEW WORLD ORDER CAN FLOURISH.

"ISIS" is Israel and the U.S....it should be called ISUS, because it IS US, and Israel. Just as we created Al Qaida to fight Russia in Afghanistan,
we created ISIS in 2009 to overthrow Assad. How soon Ameicans forget. Barak Obama released Abduhl Al Baghdadi (the top ISIS Commander) from Camp Bucca Prison in 2009.
The 1.8% privileged media just "forgot" to report that story too....uh, huh! How "forgetful" those 7 Jewish Media Moguls are!!!
("IF IT'S RUN BY JEWS, IT'S FAKE NEWS")!!!!!

Everything here can be verified BY USING GOOGLE....ever hear of that? Most Americans can't handle the truth that America and Israel
are the biggest terrorist countries on the planet....Just look who runs both countries. THE RACIST. ANTI-SEMITE ASHKENAZI JEWS!

The truth hurts sometimes, especially when you find out the media has been lying to you all of your life.
So go ahead, call me some more stupid names as you refute nothing in my editorial. That's Ashkenazi Jew Saul Alinsky's "Rules For Radicals" 101. Attack, ridicule,
call names, but never attempt to refute anything that is true. Remember, that's the handbook for destroying America and replacing it with a socialist state.
The privileged 1.8% media "forgot" to mention Hillary did a college thesis on Rules For Radicals and Saul Alinsky (he was Obama's hero too).....
More lies from the "FAKE NEWS Jews"!!! The Globalist Jews and media have now adopted Rules For Radicals Tactics too, which explains the silly name calling they
do when someone dares to speak the truth....anti-semite, homophobe, politically incorrect, racist etc, etc, etc.

HOW MANY WMDS DID WE FIND IN IRAQ again? How many dead Americans will there be this time? Israel doesn't care, Shabbos Goy Trump doesn't care either, the Jew
controlled media cares not, and Americans are too busy watching the Kardashians and mindlessly staring into the cancer causing "Smart" Phones to care....well
until their sons and daughters start coming home in Body Bags....and then the Jew media will blame the WHITE, CHRISTIAN, HETEROSEXUAL in the WH.

BANK ON IT.

Jubal Early's picture

I was going to upvote you but then it turned into verbal diahrea.

Sigh.'s picture

Ugggh.

Leave the ranting to Michael Moore why don't'cha?

Here. Have a donut instead!

Sonny Brakes's picture

Simply knowing and acknowledging these facts will get you labeled. I too took the time to inquire what the words anti-Semitic meant and I found the same thing you found. Nothing makes any sense anymore.

shovelhead's picture

Lol.

Someone who claims 99.99% of people are stupid had to look up the fact that 'Semitic' designates a language group.

Skipped the rest of the blather.

Still Losing Money's picture

why doesn't the media call Israel's 70 year old Muslim Travel Ban, and new anti-Muslim border wall
(paid for by the U.S. taxpayer) "racist", like they did with Trump's (Campaign LIE) Border Wall- THEY DO IDIOT> haven't you been paying attention? they says Israel is an apratheid state? you're as antisemitc as the left.

vato poco's picture

"write drunk, edit sober" - Hemingway

shorter version: TL;DR

rrrr's picture

The Jews are not Semites.

RTP's picture

There are no Semites existing. A semitic language is just a theory created by Historian Hermann v. Schlötzer 1761..related to the biblical mythology which is not a history. There is no historical record of the Semites or the Israelites...its all just ancient fake news!

Blue Balls's picture

Germans sick in the head with Hitler and now sick in the head with "choosen people" bankers printing money.  Fuck em.

Juggernaut x2's picture

"Germans sick in the head with Hitler"- it sounds like the (((brainwashing))) has worked well on you. 

rrrr's picture

In what sense is the Jewish religion not a supremacist ideology? It is racist certainly. Why does that not qualify it for being banned, under such laws? I am not advocating that it be banned. I am only asking why it doesn't qualify it to be banned under such laws.

Scrimpy's picture

How dare white people blame the jews for the forced massive invasions of all white countries?

Endgame Napoleon's picture

There are a bunch of Christian globalists in the American South who support the mass-immigration invasion for one reason: their love of cheap labor. That is not the reason they give in church upon return from one of their "mission trips." The real, honest reason would brush too close to the sin of greed, the love and worship of $$$$$.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Those are opportunists and just as despicable. The laws and government policy are a result of the Jew and nobody else. This is all verifiable by primary official sources.

shovelhead's picture

"Y'all know us'n God fearin Baptists cain't get negros to work our plantations since you Yankees started feedin em so we gets as many bean biters as we can to haul that cotton.

Yes'm, that's what weun's be doin down here. Praise Jesus an git that wetback shakin."

 

Lol. What a moron.

skbull44's picture

1984 has already come to Canada's national broadcaster. I'm trying to figure out why this comment of mine on the CBC website was disallowed by the moderators in response to someone else cheering on Canada's decision to extend its mission in Iraq:
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Steve Bull (olduvai.ca)
@Elma Fayerrly
Might I suggest you read US Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler's brilliant insight into war. It's called War is Racket. In it he argues:
"WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes."« less

Great Deceivah's picture

Fuck Canada, all Canadian media are completely controlled by the (((Globalists / Neoliberal Neocons)))

TungstenBars's picture

Canada is a globalist shithole thats why

cherry picker's picture

I am thinking it is prudent to open up all the FEMA camps, throw the so called law makers and patronizing bureaucrats and civil servants in there, call all military home for self defense purposes only, reduce taxes as the slimmed down government won't need the coin it is getting now, make it a crime for .gov to borrow money, reinstate land ownership, not tax anyone over 65 and give people their fucking liberty back.

They can chant USA all they want while watching explosives smog up the sky and warp ear drums.  No different than all the fools raising their arms in salute of Adolf.

That is my opinion, unfortunately the youth have all been trained to be good little robots that must do government's bidding as government knows best.

fbazzrea's picture

 unfortunately the youth have all been trained to be good little robots that must do government's bidding

it is our job to enlighten them. we must lead by example. if not us, who?

btw, all great ideas, but particularly liked the FEMA camp idea.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Anyone still doubt that the Jews were the winners of WW2? Our grandfather fought for a lie. They fought for the international Jew and their banking cartels.

shovelhead's picture

Ah, the landing craft defenses shaped like menorahs on the beaches of Normandy...

Those pillbox machine guns manned by Goldstiens in their pinstriped suits...

Who can ever forget that?

meditate_vigorously's picture

Right. The cause of war is soldiers and bullets. Do I have that right, Schlomo Shekelstein?

chiswickcat's picture

"Ok class, I want you to write an essay and 'discuss' if it was really 20 billion joos that died under the Nazis, or discuss the difference in IQ between races, or the race of the owners of all major banking institutions, or the racial habits of those most incarcerated."

"Professor, we are not allowed to discuss such topics any longer."

Professor, "Oh, yeah, sorry, I forgot, Germany is no longer a free country. Ok, write an essay on the damaged German psyche, guilt ridden, not for what we did, but what our fore fathers did"

silvercity's picture

Germany has never had free speech anytime in it's history(since 1870s). 

07564111's picture

The EU is fucked ;)

Haus-Targaryen's picture

The entire West is screwed.  Use the wrong pronoun in Canada, go to jail. 

This wasn't organic.  It was designed and intentional. 

This cannot continue much longer. 

Jubal Early's picture

Really?  They are rolling out 5g and virtual reality and robots as we discuss this.  Just when you think it can't get any worse, it does.  

novictim's picture

How long do you think your 5G infrastructure will last after the Islamic Caliphate springs to full attention and life in the not too distant future?

Germans, you really got this very very wrong.  Dead wrong.

runningman18's picture

Yes, better gaming bandwidth will certainly stop the massive encoachment of the Orwellian thought police...

Jubal Early's picture

If they present an artificial reality seductive enough the Germans will not offer resistance and maybe even enjoy their own enslavement.  A VR system in a small living room is a lot cheaper than a vacation to the Maldives, and the possibilities for total control are order of magnitude greater.