German MP being investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts
German MP being investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts
German far-right MP investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts
03 January, 2018, 02:13
A lawmaker from the far-right Populist Party Alternative for Germany (AfD) is now under investigation for incitement over a xenophobic New Year's Eve Tweet.
Yet when Ms. Von Storch expressed her criticism on twitter, she was censored for what the reigning authorities deemed to be "hate speech" according to Germany's new network speech enforcement law.
Von Storch hit the roof when Cologne police tweeted a Happy New Year greeting in Arabic.
Besides the social media slap on the wrist, Von Storch may be charged with incitement to hatred after Cologne's state prosecutor reportedly received "several hundred" criminal complaints.
Twitter suspended Ms Storch's account for 12 hours in response to her post, saying it had breached the site's rules.
Beatrix von Storch called Muslim men 'barbaric and gang-raping'.
Ms von Storch declined to comment when asked in a newspaper interview about the police complaint, but she added it was important to speak freely about problems in Germany without censorship and the threat of charges. "That is the end of the constitutional state", she said. He called on the social media users to post the deleted posts. Why is an official police site tweeting in Arabic?
Her offensive tweet was posted amid an ongoing debate in Germany about how to tackle sexual assaults at events, with designated "safe spaces" for women established in Berlin both during Oktoberfest and New Year's Eve on Monday. The comments led to brief Facebook and Twitter bans.
Under newly introduced German hate laws, social media platforms must respond quickly to remove hate speech or face fines of up to 50 million euros ($60m).
"We need to have the courage to fight for our principles", she said, citing Ronald Reagan's remark that "freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction". Von Storch, whose grandfather served as finance minister under Hitler, clarified that her computer mouse had slipped. After the French national soccer team defeated the German Mannschaft in the Euro 2016 semi-finals, the AfD lawmaker took to Twitter to express her disappointment and imply that Germany's loss might have had something to do with the migration background of its players.
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