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Michael Ejercito
2018-04-29 14:34:47 UTC
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Facebook's Censorship in Germany
by Stefan Frank
April 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12224/facebook-censorship-germany

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Marlene Weise was banned from Facebook for 30 days, for posting a set of two
pictures: One showed the Iranian women's national volleyball team from the
1970s, wearing t-shirts and shorts; the other, the current Iranian team,
wearing hijabs and clothes that cover arms and legs.

"Does a law- and contract-abiding user have to acquiesce to companies like
Facebook or Twitter deleting his content or banning him for it? The ruling
is an important stage victory for the freedom of speech." — Joachim Nikolaus
Steinhöfel, attorney and anti-censorship activist.

A court in Berlin has issued a temporary restraining order against Facebook.
Under the threat of a fine of 250,000 euros (roughly $300,000 USD) or a jail
term, Facebook was obliged to restore a user's comment that it had deleted.
Moreover, the ruling prohibited the company from banning the user because of
this comment.

This is the first time a German court has dealt with the consequences of
Germany's internet censorship law, which came into effect on October 1,
2017. The law stipulates that social media companies have to delete or block
"apparent" criminal offenses, such as libel, slander, defamation or
incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint.

As many critics pointed out, this state censorship makes freedom of speech
subject to the arbitrary decisions of corporate entities that are likely to
censor more than absolutely necessary, rather than risk a crushing fine of
up to 50 million euros ($65 million USD). According to a newspaper report,
Facebook's censors have just ten seconds to decide whether to delete a
comment or not.

The case with which the court in Berlin had to deal was that on January 8,
2018, the Swiss daily Basler Zeitung posted an article with the title
"Viktor Orban speaks of Muslim 'invasion'" on its Facebook site. The blurb
read:

"Viktor Orban wonders how in a country like Germany... chaos, anarchy and
illegal crossing of borders can be celebrated as something good."

Facebook user Gabor B. posted a comment:

"Germans are becoming increasingly stupid. No wonder, since the left-wing
media litters them every day with fake news about 'skilled workers,'
declining unemployment figures or Trump."

This comment quickly received the most "likes", until Facebook deleted it,
due to an alleged infringement of Facebook's "community standards." In
addition, Gabor B. was banned from Facebook for 30 days.

"One may share the commenter's opinion or may deem it polemic or
unobjective", Gabor B.'s attorney Joachim Nikolaus Steinhöfel told
Gatestone. "The important thing is: The comment is covered by the right to
freedom of speech." He added that before going to court, his law office had
sent a written warning to Facebook.

"Facebook partly gave in and lifted the ban but did not restore the comment.
Facebook's lawyers notified us that 'a thorough reexamination came to the
result that the community standards had been applied correctly and that
therefore the content could not be restored' -- an assessment we cannot
share."

Steinhöfel, besides being a lawyer, is a renowned journalist, blogger and
anti-censorship activist. He runs a website where he has documented
countless cases in which Facebook deleted content or banned users; sometimes
both. Facebook apparently often bans users because of comments that are
critical of mass immigration or certain aspects of Islamic culture. For
example, in March 2018, Frank Bormann was banned after he had quipped:
"Muslim men are taking a second wife. To finance their lives, Germans are
taking a second job."


Joachim Steinhöfel (right) is a lawyer, journalist and anti-censorship
activist. He runs a website where he documents cases in which Facebook
deleted content or banned users. (Steinhöfel image source:
Hilmaarr/Wikimedia Commons)

Sometimes, Facebook seems to object even to implicit criticism of terror
organizations. In April 2018, Christian Horst was banned for three days
after he had posted a picture of members of the Palestinian terror
organization DFLP delivering the Hitler salute.

Sometimes, users are banned for no apparent reason at all. In March 2018,
Marlene Weise was banned from Facebook for 30 days, for posting a set of two
pictures: One showed the Iranian women's national volleyball team from the
1970s, wearing t-shirts and shorts; the other, the current Iranian team,
wearing hijabs and clothes that cover arms and legs.

Steinhöfel explains that courts usually do not give reasons for a
restraining order. The court could, however, grant a claim if the deleted
content in question was deemed lawful and legitimate after all:

"This is a landmark decision and the first such court ruling in Germany...
Eventually, users can act against the untransparent business practices of a
corporation that assumes its responsibility as if it were dealing with
second-hand bicycles."

Steinhöfel says that, given Facebook's dominant market position, the outcome
of this legal battle will have far-reaching repercussions for communicating
and exchanging opinions on social media: "Does a law and contract-abiding
user have to acquiesce to companies like Facebook or Twitter deleting his
content or banning him for it? The ruling is an important stage victory for
the freedom of speech."

Stefan Frank is a journalist and author based in Germany.

Follow Stefan Frank on Twitter


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Loose Cannon
2018-04-30 02:22:57 UTC
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On Sun, 29 Apr 2018 07:34:47 -0700, "Michael Ejercito"
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Facebook's Censorship in Germany
by Stefan Frank
The name sounds jewish. Plagiarized opinion AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED!!
Michael Ejercito
2018-04-30 03:13:14 UTC
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On Sun, 29 Apr 2018 07:34:47 -0700, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Facebook's Censorship in Germany
by Stefan Frank
The name sounds jewish. Plagiarized opinion AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED!!
You have failed to present your evidence of plagiarism.


Michael


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Loose Cannon
2018-04-30 03:34:56 UTC
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On Sun, 29 Apr 2018 20:13:14 -0700, "Michael Ejercito"
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On Sun, 29 Apr 2018 07:34:47 -0700, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Facebook's Censorship in Germany
by Stefan Frank
The name sounds jewish. Plagiarized opinion AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED!!
You have failed to present your evidence of plagiarism.
Plagiarism is part of the jew character.
The Peeler
2018-04-30 08:38:30 UTC
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You have failed to present your evidence of plagiarism.
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IOW, you have NO evidence of plagiarism, NOR evidence that the author is
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On Sun, 29 Apr 2018 07:34:47 -0700, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Facebook's Censorship in Germany
by Stefan Frank
The name sounds jewish. Plagiarized opinion AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED!!
You have failed to present your evidence of plagiarism.
Michael
YOU have failed to present your evidence of originality.

"I have read your manuscript and it is both good and original.
But the parts that are good are not original and the parts that
are original are not good."
- Samuel Johnson, English writer (1709-1784).

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Post by jew pedophile Ron Jacobson (jew pedophile Baruch 'Barry' Shein's jew aliash)
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You have failed to present your evidence of plagiarism.
Michael
YOU have failed to present your evidence of originality.
Your servile whore made the claim, so YOU or your whore provide the
evidence, dreckserb!
Post by jew pedophile Ron Jacobson (jew pedophile Baruch 'Barry' Shein's jew aliash)
"I have read your manuscript and it is both good and original.
But the parts that are good are not original and the parts that
are original are not good."
- Samuel Johnson, English writer (1709-1784).
Sorry, Razovic, but even when you quote humans you sound like the subhuman
piece-of-shit-serb that you are!
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Cheers!
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Post by Michael Ejercito
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by Stefan Frank
The name sounds jewish. Plagiarized opinion AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED!!
There's nothing "Jewish" about that name. But you KEEP sounding like you are
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Mr. B1ack
2018-05-01 01:29:33 UTC
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Aw ... those funny Germans are at it again -
burning Facebooks ! Seems a habit they just
can't shake eh ? :-)
JAB
2018-05-01 03:26:42 UTC
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Aw ... those funny Germans are at it again -
burning Facebooks
What?

German court overturns Facebook 'censorship'

Handelsblatt Global Edition-Apr 13, 2018

A German court has stepped into the murky issue of free speech on
social media. It has prohibited Facebook from deleting a comment and
blocking a German user account that Facebook had judged to violate
community norms.

https://global.handelsblatt.com/politics/german-court-facebook-censorship-910635
Mr. B1ack
2018-05-04 02:06:52 UTC
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Aw ... those funny Germans are at it again -
burning Facebooks
What?
German court overturns Facebook 'censorship'
Minor setback ... somebody forgot to bring the kerosene.
They will redouble their efforts starting tomorrow ... be
assured.

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