Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Face Massive Fines As German Hate Speech Law Kicks In

Social media companies are facing a herculean task following the January 1 kickoff of Germany's strict new "hate speech" laws, giving companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube 24 hours after a complaint to remove postings containing hate speech. 

Failure to remove the offending posts in time so will expose the platforms to fines of up to 50 million euros ($60 million USD).

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The new law was passed last June and went into effect in October - however social media companies were given until January 1 to prepare for compliance, such that they maintain an "effective and transparent procedure for dealing with complaints" which users can submit freely. Upon receiving a complaint, social media companies have 24 hours to block or remove "obviously illegal content" - and up to a week in "complex cases." 

Germany has unique hate speech laws which criminalize certain language - such as incitement to racial or religious violence, speech denigrating religions, and other posts deemed to be offensive. 

Facebook hired over 500 German contractors in November out of a reported 3,000 to help comply with the new law, who will work for a service provider called CCC out of a new office in the western city of Essen. Meanwhile, the German government has reportedly hired a staff of 50 people assigned to the task of implementing and policing the law

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The new law isn't just for the big three (Facebook, YouTube and Twitter) either: 

Social platform giants such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were couched as the initial targets for the law, but Spiegal Online suggests the government is looking to apply the law more widely — including to content on networks such as Reddit, Tumblr, Flickr, Vimeo, VK and Gab. -TechCrunch

And in what appears to be Twitter's compliance with the new law, German lawmaker Beatrix von Storch's Twitter account was blocked for most of Monday after she lashed out at New Year's greetings sent by Cologne police in Arabic. 

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Beatrix von Storch

"What the hell is happening in this country? Why does an official police site tweet in Arabic," wrote the Alternative for Germany (AfD) conservative party member. 

 

Von Storch posted to Facebook, stating (translated):

The police Cologne tweeted New Year greetings in Arabic. And now Twitter blocks me because I promote violence with my counter-tweet. Let's see if you can say that on Facebook:

"What the hell is going on in this country? Why tweeted an official police site from North Rhine-Westphalia in Arabic. Do you think so to soothe the barbaric, Muslim, gang raping men? "

3 ... 2 ... 1 ...?

Happy New Year! In a free country !! In which every barbarian may call barbarians. Even if it is Muslims. (I mean, DIE, against which we now set up protective tents for German women because the state can no longer guarantee security outside of the tents because of THAT barbarian.) -Beatrix von Storch

Social media giants face a gigantic task - which some might say is impossible. It is estimated that around 37.3 million Germans will use social media in 2017.

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via Statista

Now, consider that every single flagged post from millions of users must be evaluated before the post is removed or blocked. This will require Artificial Intelligence (AI) or some other sort of algo. And as algos begin to identify and remove "hate speech," people will adapt to the filters and begin to find ways around it - changing terms, spellings, and using coded language to communicate. 

And all of this must be caught and removed within 24 hours. 

Moreover, political enemies can attempt to game the system by filing false reports on each other. If social media companies then set "removal" as the default action upon a complaint, they will be inundated with appeals which an AI may not be able to handle - requiring a person to manually review each case that warrants human attention. 

As Cnet points out: 

The massive amount of hate content, in particular, has been a problem for the sites. In June, Facebook said it removes 66,000 such posts every week. The company said it wants to do better but adds that the task is not easy. Last month, Facebook added new tools to try to curb abuse on the site. One new feature tries to make sure that when you block someone who's been harassing you, the person can't simply create a new account and continue the harassment. The tool does that by looking at various signals, like the person's IP address.

Also last month, Twitter escalated its fight against hate, enforcing an updated policy that bans people from promoting violence and hate in their usernames and bios, and threatens to remove accounts if users tweeted hate speech, symbols and images.

It goes without saying that the definition of "offensive content" or "hate speech" falls to those making the rules - in most cases, progressive bureaucrats who conflate nationalism with bigotry and embrace newly invented phenomenons such as "microaggressions." 

We recommend copious supplies of popcorn and a good book to read as this comedy of EU hypersensitive political correctness plays out over the interwebs. 

Comments

BritBob Jan 3, 2018 5:07 AM Permalink

Hate speech : Argentine president brands Falkland Islanders 'squatters' after 99.8% said yes to UK sovereignty (Daily Mail 14 March 2013)

How would a map of the world look today if all of the territory lost and gained over the past 180 years reverted to its 19th century status? Quite a ridiculous proposal.

Falklands – Acquisitive Prescription(1 pg): https://www.academia.edu/35552595/Falklands_-Acquisitive_Prescription

Just suppose the Mexicans would wanted Californian returned.

 

BabaLooey HopefulCynical Jan 3, 2018 7:19 AM Permalink

LOL

What a total bag of shit.

Fartbook, Twatter, and EweTuube.....comply with Krauts or we're gonna reach into your vaults.....

For......................."hate speech" - Jesus Mary Joe and bunch of Arabs on camels.............

Broadly defined, most all the shit on those diseased sites of effluvium CAN be twisted INTO hate...........speech.

Trump uses it for unfiltered contact with the public...trolling, bloviating, announcing..without the MSM fucking it up.....

Otherwise................FUCK all of this shit.............

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greenskeeper carl BabaLooey Jan 3, 2018 11:36 AM Permalink

I don't have faceberg or twatter, but I would encourage any german friends that do to go ahead and log on or create accounts to all of these social media companies and just go through and flag every single post you see by every single person you know and page you follow. Just spend 5 minutes a day doing it. Pretty soon they will get so bogged down with nonsense they won't even be able to function. What will this accomplish? Probably nothing, other than amuse those of us that hate all these people, and make it impossible for them to comply with the law and end up having to pay millions in fines. But, it just might show how ridiculous these laws are and how impossible they are to comply with. I hate FB et al, but I love freedom of speech.

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artichoke HopefulCynical Jan 3, 2018 12:02 PM Permalink

Can our companies do that?

It seems to me that if Germany wants something blocked, they should pay the cost of blocking it.  Erect internet filters at the border as China does.  Filter whatever they want.

On the plus side, this mainly affects the huge internet media companies that have been a blot on the internet for the past 15 years.  I'd be happy to go back to the days of independent web pages and BBS.  Why do I need a facebook page when I can have a webpage that doesn't have to bow to Zuckerberg, to Germany, to much of anyone as long as I obey my local laws?

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ConfederateH wildbad Jan 3, 2018 6:56 AM Permalink

These "hate speech" laws are one of many symptoms ZOG.  Germany is ZOG.  People who hate the truth call the truth hate speech. 

I loved her last sentence, English just can't do this justice:

"Meinen Sie, die barbarischen, muslimischen, gruppenvergewaltigenden Männerhorden so zu besänftigen?“"

"Do you hope to reason with barbarian, muslim, gang raping male hoards" just doesn't come close...

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BorraChoom wildbad Jan 3, 2018 7:23 AM Permalink

According to the Quran, hating the infidel is what Allah expects of his slaves so it is the ordinary thing. Hate crimes are considered abnormal, so, when Muslims express hatred for infidels it cannot be a hate crime. See how easy it is to explain? Truth is fiction, fiction is truth, war is peace, and Islam means peace.

Impose Sharia Law on All Mankind – I.S.L.A.M.

 

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Kayman BorraChoom Jan 3, 2018 8:58 AM Permalink

Joseph and Adolf must be belly-laughing in Hell.  Only approved, government-filtered speech allowed.  All we need now is one "Speech Martyr" to be jailed/killed and we have a mini-Adolph on the way.

Only approved "schiesse" coming next. Inspectors at every toilet.

Another nod to Islam. Germany, from a culture of aggression to a culture of acquiescence.

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Expendable Container wildbad Jan 3, 2018 7:28 AM Permalink

Hate speech is disagreeing with the Zionist World Domination agenda.

8,000 to 8,500 of them at the top of the pyramid controlling every nation via their BIS (Bank of International Settlements) that control every nation's Central Bank. The BIS is immune from all laws and its building in Switzerland is NOT part of Switzerland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO3jtXv6jUg Ex-Elite Banker Speaks Out (beginning part explains it all how the system really works and that they hate all mankind and create the wars and keep us all financially repressed. they worship L.......)

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Expendable Container Fireman Jan 3, 2018 6:56 AM Permalink

Bizarrely Orwellian-speak to keep the Truth from Germans. The 'hate' is AGAINST the Germans ifo the liars on WWII history. Give Germany back to the ethnic-European Germans. Germany has been under occupation since losing WWII to the Zionists. Hence their 6 gorillion nonsense and punishment of imprisonment if they just question the claims. This way they cannot defend themselves in court. https://wearswar.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/ms-lipstadt-given-million-a-l… AND

https://wearswar.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/repeated-claims-of-6-million-…

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mog Fireman Jan 3, 2018 8:43 AM Permalink

Yep
And lets get really serious.
Time to hand back the USA to the native Americans.
And 'Israel' to the Palestinians.
A pack of caucasians have very little claim.
Netanyahu and all Israeli Leaders have been Poles or other Eastern Europeans.
Both 'hand backs' would be great for world peace.

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Jo A-S Fireman Jan 3, 2018 8:52 AM Permalink

So, people who have lived in a country all of their lives, and there parents/grandparents/great-grandparents etc, should be sent.....  Where?  The Falkland Islanders have, overall, never lived in the UK.  Then, give Ireland back to the Irish?  Er, there was never a country of Ireland.  Just tribes.  Oh, if Ireland is to be given "back to the Irish"  then give the USA back to the native Indians.  Send the Mexicans back to Spain......   

 

You are talking the biggest load of racist excrement going.  Whilst BritBob might be biased, his argument was logical.

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HenryKissinger… BritBob Jan 3, 2018 5:21 AM Permalink

It is estimated that around 37.3 million Germans will use social media in 2017.

well, then how does the german government define "German" ?

-people that speak german? (i.e. can Germany censor/block content for/from people of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy,Luxemburg, Argentina?)

-people that live within the current "germany" borders? (i.e. a US military working within "german" borders) /// people that upload fotos or messages or IPs from Germany (VPN)

-people that self identifies as "german" in facefook/twatter/instacream forms? (e.g. the new Nafris)

-people that have a german resident permit? (non german citizens working in Germany)

-people that have a valid german citizenship? (legally "germans")

-etc

facebook should join the (((https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantik-Br%C3%BCcke))) http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,776847,00.html

 

oh and let's not forget that Germany is a vassal of the occupation forces (USA + UK)

please provide the exact date when the peace treaty was signed
and the days after when the allied troops left in peace
and allowed the German Volk to write their own constitution,
the borders were redrawn
and the German Gold and patents were returned back...

[crickets]

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HenryKissinger… HenryKissinger… Jan 3, 2018 7:10 AM Permalink

ALL acording to plan...nothing to see here, it is just a plan to turn europe into a future race of mongrel (((bolshevik)))-worshippers...

check also:
-KALERGI plan™ (miscegenation into low IQ brown mongrels) / also Hooton plan™
-George Soros leaks on the Merkel plan™  http://soros.dcleaks.com
-ESI Merkel Plan™ Compassion and Control http://journal-neo.org/2016/04/27/how-nato-linked-think-tanks-control-e…
-Kalergi/ Charlemagne Prize™ BEARERS list http://www.karlspreis.de/en/laureates
-Soros™ professional rapefugee smuggler operation http://gefira.org/en/2017/07/13/soros-sponsored-immigration-network-in-…
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-04/something-strange-taking-place…
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-09/ngo-fleet-bussing-migrants-eu-…
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/12/17/major-charities-smuggling-ga…
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/03/22/public-anger-growing-at-taxi…
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/migrant-smuggling-business-me…
http://www.kas.de/wf/de/37.8066/
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1_rNT3k2ZXB-f9z-2nSFMIBQKXCs&l…
Soros official EU minions list https://legacy.gscdn.nl/archives/images/soroskooptbrussel.pdf

-Barbara divörsity™ Lerner Spectre
"I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive." ~ Barbara Lerner Spectre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFE0qAiofMQ

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahu-Time-…

"Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated this people into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that this people, that escaped Ghetto-Prison, developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit...
The man of the future will be a mongrel.  Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian–Negroid race of the future, similar in its outward appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals."
Practical Idealism - by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi
http://archives.eui.eu/en/isaar/89
http://www.karlspreis.de/en/laureates

Germany Must Perish: A Plan For Permanent Peace Among Civilized Nations
"I believe that the Jews have a mission in life. They must see to it that the nations of the world get together in one vast federation. "Union Now" is the beginning of this. Slowly but surely the world will develop into a paradise. We will have perpetual peace. And the Jews will do the most to bring about this confederation, because they have the most to gain" Theodore Newman Kaufman

http://www.dw.com/de/gutachten-die-grenz%C3%B6ffnung-und-der-bundestag/…

"it does not get any better than this" ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Bikini_Team
http://upandnet.ydup5rznoh.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/3-…

"Merkel Lego"™: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/11/26/mutti-merkels-diversity-barr…

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Fireman BritBob Jan 3, 2018 5:25 AM Permalink

And if you had ever been to USSA you would know that Mexicans already have taken back their stolen lands from the anglo war crime and annexation of 1848. So Britbob, Chump will never build a wall because Mexicans are already de facto owners on both sides of it much the same as Britland's teeming colonials are already the owners of muslim welfare caliphate Britland and busy deanglifying what's left of the shit pile. Do you think it is a coincidence that even the Royal perverts are turning black with their queen meghan diversity addition?

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TheObsoleteMan Fireman Jan 3, 2018 6:51 AM Permalink

you have just exposed yourself as someone who spouts off at the mouth about something they don't know jack shit about. Read a history book, not a text book from public school, it won't ever mention true facts. Facts like: The US Gov't paid Mexico in gold for the land it acquired on negotiated terms. Mexico even offered to sell the US the Baja Peninsula cheap, but the US negotiator balked. Any idea what that prime coastal land is worth today? He was a poor realtor. And lastly, just because a group of people are there, that doesn't make it theirs. ALL LAND IS FEDERAL LAND. If you doubt that, just ask Clive Bundy and his family and friends. Once Agenda 21 is fully implemented, you will see who's land it really is.

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Snout the First TheObsoleteMan Jan 3, 2018 7:43 AM Permalink

A reading of history books will also tell you that all of the land acquired by the United States from Mexico had a total Mexican population of a whopping 75,000. Does 2,500 Mexicans in Texas establish sovereignty? Does 3,000 Mexicans in California establish sovereignty? Why so few? Because the Native Americans kicked them out of nearly all the land, and left them just barely hanging on in a few isolated settlements.

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Expendable Container OneLessZombie Jan 3, 2018 7:15 AM Permalink

Yes. There IS a 'greater form of hatred of our fellow mankind available'. The talmudic teachings state all gentiles are not humans and our only purpose is to serve them.  If a gentile is down a well they may 'remove the ladder' and much more. Find out what they say about Jesus and his mother. About gentile girls and women. Get a real education. Google Benjamin Freedman's  speech on ytube. (also Michael Hoffman wrote books on all this after studying it.) http://whale.to/c/hiddenyyranny.pdf 

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BorraChoom BritBob Jan 3, 2018 7:16 AM Permalink

While Buccaneer Bob buggars himself and dreams of Piracy, Plunder and looting of foreign lands.....

London has fallen, England is lost to Islam...

Here's what has already happened to England within a few years of opening their borders without entry control:
How the British have passively succumbed to the Muslim invasion:

     Mayor of London ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Birmingham ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Leeds ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Blackburn ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Sheffield ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Oxford ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Luton ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Oldham ... MUSLIM
     
     Mayor of Rochdale ... MUSLIM

All the following achieved by just 4 million Muslims out of the 66 million population:
    
     Over 3,000 Muslim Mosques
     
     Over 130 Muslim Sharia Courts
     
     Over 50 Muslim Sharia Councils
     
     Muslims Only No-Go Areas Across The UK
     
     Muslim Women... 78% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing
     
     Muslim Men... 63% don't work and are on FREE benefits/housing
     
     Muslim Families... 6-8 children planning to go on FREE benefits/housing and now all UK schools are ONLY serving HALAL MEAT!

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OCnStiggs BritBob Jan 3, 2018 8:50 AM Permalink

California returned? Reality NEWSFLASH!

There was this war called the "Mexican-American War" and the Mexicans LOST. Mexican troops under Santa Ana attacked US troops examining the Rio Grande. For 9 months, the US flag hung over Mexico City. And after making Texas the area north of the Rio Grande river, the US GAVE BACK Mexico to its citizens. We could have kept ALL OF MEXICO!

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gaasp Jan 3, 2018 5:30 AM Permalink

Has anyone branded what 'Age' Europe is descending into?  Interesting times and all.  By importing an economically inferior working class, it makes the existing working class move up the economic scale.  Those diminishing returns 'n all.