German Police Target Facebook Users Against Hateful Content

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It’s not the first time this issue has been raised especially video content left on the Facebook social platform, videos that does not support or encourage moral standards but Facebook have responded saying that if the content doesn’t go against their terms of agreement then they can’t do anything about the situation.

Well this is one of such cases as Facebook, Twitter and Google have all come under fire in Germany for failing to remove hate speech from their platforms promptly.

Incitement of racial hatred is a crime under German law and a person can be jailed for up to five years in a case of inciting “hatred against a national, racial, religious group or a group defined by their ethnic origins”.

Due to this predicament surrounding the social media, the German police have carried out series of raids targeting people posting hate content on Facebook.

The aim is to tackle what police called “a substantial rise in verbal radicalism”.

Typical crimes included “glorification of Nazism [and] xenophobic, anti-Semitic and other right-wing extremism”, they said.

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Holger Munch, president of Germany’s federal criminal police authority, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) said: “Today’s action makes it clear that police authorities of the federal and state governments act firmly against hate and incitement on the internet.”

He said politically motivated hate crime on the internet had increased significantly in the wake of the European refugee crisis.

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