"Spare Us The Thought Police!" Germans Rage As New Hate Speech Law Backfires

As we reported recently, in what was officially a noble attempt to eliminate online hate speech in social media, and unofficially a devious crackdown on free speech, on January 1, 2018, Germany passed a law that forces websites to censor content deemed illegal under the new law and have it deleted within 24-hours. Ironically, as we observed last week, just hours after the law's passage it immediately backfired when it claimed its first victim, a German satirical magazine’s Twitter account which "parodied anti-Muslim comment."

Incidentally, this perfectly predictable if "totally unexpected" outcome is exactly what we, and many others had warned would happen. And now, it is finally dawning on Germany that any time the government gets involved in defining what is allowed and what isn't - especially when it comes to that most fundamental of liberties, free speech - the result is always a disaster.

According to Germany's top-selling, and most popular newspaper, Bild, the new German law meant to curtail online hate speech is "stifling free speech and making martyrs out of anti-immigrant politicians whose posts are deleted."

The law which took effect on Jan. 1 can impose fines of up to 50 million euros ($60 million) on sites that fail to remove hate speech promptly and threatens the profitability  of such social media giants as Twitter and Facebook.

"Please spare us the thought police!" read the headline in Wednesday's Bild above an article that called the law a "sin" against freedom of opinion enshrined in Germany's constitution, Reuters reported.

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While the law requires social media sites to delete or block obviously criminal content within 24 hours, Bild Editor-in-Chief Julian Reichelt said it could be applied against anything and anyone since there was no definition of what was "manifestly unlawful" in most cases.

Intended to prevent radical groups from gaining influence, "it was having precisely the opposite effect," he warned.

"The law against online hate speech failed on its very first day. It should be abolished immediately," Reichelt wrote, adding that the law was turning AfD politicians into "opinion martyrs".

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Two examples where the German law was already applied, included tweets deleted by AfD lawmaker Beatrix von Storch criticising police for tweeting in Arabic, saying they had sought "to appease the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of men". Police have since asked prosecutors to investigate her for possible incitement to hatred.

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There was also deleted tweet by another AfD member of parliament, Jens Maier, called Noah Becker - the son of former tennis champion Boris Becker - a "half-nigger".

In response to the criticism, Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas defended the law, telling Bild that freedom of opinion did not mean carte blanche to spread criminal content on the internet.

"Calls to murder, threats, insults and incitement of the masses or Auschwitz lies are not an expression of freedom of opinion but rather attacks on the freedom of opinion of others," he said.

Germany is no stranger to limiting free speech: the country has some of the world's toughest laws on defamation, incitement to commit crimes and threats of violence, with prison sentences for Holocaust denial or inciting hatred against minorities.

Maas said social networks needed to stick to the law like everyone else, adding: "Those who care about protecting freedom of opinion can't just look on as criminal incitement and threats inhibit the open exchange of views."

And so, the government refuses to back down even as the rest of Germany realizes what a profound chilling effect the new law will have on online speech everywhere. Once the lawsuits start flying and the social networks are punished a few hundred million, it will only embolden the critics, who will then lash out again "anything and anyone" because, as the Bild editor correctly noted, "there is no definition of what was manifestly unlawful." Incidentally, this inexplicably broad definition, one which puts any content creator immediately on the defensive, is precisely what the government intended.

Comments

Sir Edge TeamDepends Jan 7, 2018 10:19 PM Permalink

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""In what was officially a noble attempt to eliminate online hate speech in social media""... WTF ?

It is NOT a noble attempt to arbitrarily eliminate any speech based on someones biased determinations...

Freedom of Speech... SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED... 

That is the correct embodiment of the noble handling of Free Speech...

As one person's hate speech is another person's poetry... 

Whether in Germany or America... 

Edgey...

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Planet ZOG J S Bach Jan 8, 2018 3:11 AM Permalink

I don't think they will do anything.  European youth love their electronic enslavement, and virtue signaling on social media.  Their brain washing chains are even heavier than in the US.  Thing of gun control, global warming, electronic cash, and even diversity.  Merkel still holds ~50% because the Germans believe in globalism.

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joeyman9 J S Bach Jan 8, 2018 2:18 PM Permalink

With their low fertility rates, "future generations of Germans" seems somewhat in doubt. Socialism replaces the family with the state, therefore kids go from a plus to a economic minus.  Socialism doesn't necessarily equal death, it stops life from being created in the first place and you wind up with a country of old retired pensioners.

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BetterRalph sincerely_yours Jan 8, 2018 1:01 AM Permalink

"Spare Us The Thought Police!" Germans Rage As New Hate Speech Law Backfires"

translation: "Print this German thought police poster and take it back to the range and fire"

Man what rotten leaders in Germany, Hope they got a bad diet and fat tummy, diabetes and cutting off the feet won't be too soon for much relief for the people of Germany.  It sucks the idea of a BOYCOT of all of Germany which would hurt the PEOPLE (who are a great people)  World + dog needs to punish German LEADERS not the PEOPLE.

German people are missing their liberty! It sucks too cause you don't get back lost decades from rotten scumbag leadership. I am being forced through this NOW here in America.

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Withdrawn Sanction BetterRalph Jan 8, 2018 6:25 AM Permalink

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable."  JFK

Or more colloquially, the first amendment is first:  protecting the peaceful means of persuasion to effect change (speech, assembly, press, etc.).  Take the peaceful route first.  However, should it fail, the second amendment is the backstop; the violent revolution that Kennedy refers to. 

The criminalization of thoughts and now emotions (so-called "hate" crimes) is attempt to shut down the mind completely (to eliminate what the First Amendment protects).  That leaves only atavistic brute force.  Good luck w/that.  

 

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Bwana BetterRalph Jan 8, 2018 3:58 PM Permalink

I am an American born in 1946. I am not Jewish. Over the years I have spoken to at least 50 people who had the tattoos on their forearms from being in the concentration camps. Not all of them were Jewish. The most informative person was a Russian who was drafted at age 14 into the Russian army. His entire 2 weeks of military service was being taught how to shoot a PPSH-41 and then charging a German position. He came to in a German hospital and because of his age and good physical condition he was sent to Aushwitz to work. When he was liberated 3 years later he had lost only 5 pounds and had been working every day. He said the oatmeal was a grade or two below what was fed to the horses and was full of wood splinters but he ate it and he ate the oatmeal others refused to eat. He said he followed a German guard who job it was to try to feed those who were beyond help and were starving to death. The guard would take yesterdays cube of bread our of their hand and throw it on the ground and put a fresh piece in the prisoners hand. He picked up the cube of bread from the dirt and ate it along with any crickets or rats he could catch. If he had taken the cube of bread from the prisoner he would have been shot. While he was doing all of this he said the Jews (identified by their star) laughed at him and called him a Russian pig. He watched those people who wouldn't eat the oatmeal or the bread made mostly of cellulose starve to death. Every person I spoke to about life in the concentration camps including this Russian confirmed those who could not work or be taught how to operate a machine were put to death upon their arrival. The death camps were real and cannot be denied.

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NumbersUsa JimmyJones Jan 8, 2018 12:46 AM Permalink

Yes, the jew supremacists distract while they: 

 

Holohoax Alert

by Alfred Schaefer

MONIKA SCHAEFER was arrested on January 3 2018 in the very heart of “Holocaust country” while attending, as an observer, the bizarre inquisition hearings against the courageous Sylvia Stolz. This “trial” was for illegal words that Sylvia Stolz had spoken at the “Anti Censorship Coalition” (AZK) in Switzerland in 2012. The twisting nonsensical accusations of the inquisition was beyond bizarre. What the snake that calls itself the “State Prosecutor” did, will be something that will amuse future generations when studying the “witch” trials of 2018.

Forty-five minutes into the inquisition the “State Prosecutor” snake called for a surprise break, which was then used to arrest my courageous sister Monika. The only thing Monika did was watch quietly as the inquisition was dealing with Sylvia Stolz. These people have us under close observation and figured it was a good opportunity to demonstrate their “power” and intimidate us.

Another snake masquerading as a “State Prosecutor” accompanied by three heavily armed thugs handcuffed Monika and dragged her away. When my sister protested that she is a free person from Canada and had done nothing wrong, the “State Prosecutor” snake told her, “if you wanted to stay free you should have stayed in Canada”. (Welcome to Holocaust country.)

Now they have moved Monika Schaefer to the high security prison in Munich and will keep her there indefinitely. Monika is accused of making an apology to her own dear mother. The title of the video was “Sorry Mom, I was wrong about the Holocaust.

What has angered the Jews is the fact that this one little video has undone hundreds of millions of dollars worth of their psychological warfare that most of us had become victims of. They thought that their ridiculous “Holocaust” program was now firmly wired into our brains, and then, along comes Monika and blows it out of the water with a simple apology to her Mom. That really surprised them.

This is happening at the same time that our borders are open and millions of young men from Africa and Asia are flooding into our European countries with a free pass to do whatever they want. This is something that the Jews had planned for the European countries for a very long time. In the end our cities are supposed to turn into Lagos- or Calcutta-type slums that can no longer resist Jewish hegemony.

The sick perverted criminals that ordered Monika arrested are people that put a pancake on their head and nibble the foreskins off of little eight-day-old baby boys thinking that this odd behavior somehow gives them the privilege to rule the planet. These perverts are the same ones that tried to silence me a long time ago already, but have failed. Here they are: B’nai Brith Canada.

To put Monika Schaefer in prison because she apologized to her Mom is making many people very angry and not helping people “like” the Jews very much. In fact, this may give Jews who want to come clean and join humanity, the opportunity to help us get Monika out of prison. So, if you are a Jew, we have many JEWdicial costs to cover, and helping Monika out of prison can be used as proof that you are a “good” Jew. Just contact me and we can work together.

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JSBach1 NumbersUsa Jan 8, 2018 2:50 AM Permalink

While your detractors seem keen on distracting the message at hand, let me ask these ZIONIST tools and active defenders of their world domination endeavor: when has it EVER been a decree or the active practice of ANY state to seek the imprisoment, torture, or even death at the mere opposition to the principle advanced in the first place? Why is it that you seek to stifle dissenting voices, by either imprisonment or financial ruin -- unlike ANYTHING caried out for ANY particular GROUP of people?

What is it that you must hide at all costs...you two-faced liars?

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Lies All Lies JimmyJones Jan 8, 2018 5:34 AM Permalink

Too late! Merkel has dragged  a once proud nation into the gutter along side herself. And any dissent will be 'strictly dealt with'. 

My father his  brothers &  friends, fought the Germans to the death - but had a grudging respect for them, for their fighting spirit and willingness to die for what they 'thought' was right. 

Now, Merkel has succeeded in pussyfying  most Germans. It will, of course, result in the islamislation  of Germany and as a consequence, much/all of Europe. 

Thanks Merkel. You should be put into a padded cell for the rest of your disgusting,  rotten life.  But you will 'retire' on a handsome pension while 'your' country convulses.

Such is justice in the Kali Yuga. 

 

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SoDamnMad Sir Edge Jan 8, 2018 2:57 AM Permalink

Germany is no stranger to limiting free speech: the country has some of the world's toughest laws on defamation, incitement to commit crimes and threats of violence, with prison sentences for Holocaust denial or inciting hatred against minorities.

Free Speech, my ass.

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Barney Fife Theta_Burn Jan 8, 2018 6:42 AM Permalink

This is exactly what Germany in the 1930s warned against. Interesting how history plays out, isn't it? Now we can argue about who is responsible, but it is amazing that the political unrest of the 30's led to the National Socialists taking power by fanning the flames of xenophobia. Well, it looks like that xenophobia was not irrational afterall, doesn't it?

Ironically, the Nazis wound up being 10X worse the civil rights offenders than those that they railed against. 

It was and still seems to be, a lose-lose proposition. 

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chubbar Jan 7, 2018 9:59 PM Permalink

It's not "incitement" to state a fact. If the muslims are gang raping women and each incident is posted, how is that hate speech? There is a difference between an opinion, a fact and incitement to violence. The Germans can not let this law stand!

edotabin Son of Loki Jan 7, 2018 10:23 PM Permalink

Ahh yes. However, depending upon the definition of the word "FACT" it could be argued that your message is hate speech for targeting the aforementioned media outlets. It is a vicious loop from which one cannot easily break out of for the simple reason that opinions are being presented as what used to be known as FACT. This "loop" is being applied to more and more aspects of everyday life. The end result is similar to a "scorched earth policy". People are left confused and ,unfortunately, in the end, muzzled. Eventually, there will be no more free speech, no more clear thought, critical thinking or intellectual honesty. Things are working exactly as intended for those that advance this insidious and pernicious method of mind control. 

Talk about a race to the bottom. Next stop: IQ levels of 45

EDIT: I know I'm preaching to the choir here but I'm trying to lay it out as clearly as possible for the odd newcomer etc.

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Juggernaut x2 chubbar Jan 7, 2018 10:09 PM Permalink

1.A German man just received 18 months in prison for posting a picture of a miniature of Auschwitz with an "offensive" caption on FB.

2.Monika Schaefer, a CANADIAN woman, was arrested in Germany for denying the existence of the Holocaust while she was attending the trial of Sylvia Stolz,  a lawyer on trial for also denying the Holocaust. B'nai Brith Canada  alerted German authorities to Miss Schaefer's presence at the trial.

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Ms No Juggernaut x2 Jan 7, 2018 10:26 PM Permalink

It's too late none of it is going to work, especially when the banks start bailing in down the road.  They are idiots.  When people start really hurting the pitchforks will come out like never before.  For those who haven't figured it out yet, they will real quick then.  There wont be another time either.  They'll never get away with this shit again after it is exposed globally.

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