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posted on Oct, 21 2017 @ 07:56 PM

So Germany has made it official for them to be able to censor any content from any social media platform so they can control political and cultural discourse in the name of “fighting hate”. This new German law makes it so that all forms of public social platforms have to comply with this draconian German law, otherwise they would face hefty fines of up to “up to 50 million euros for not complying”, or complying fast enough. 


by Judith Bergman 
October 21, 2017 at 5:00 am 

Germany has made no secret of its desire to see its new law copied by the rest of the EU. 

When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state’s private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, and who shall be shut down, free speech becomes nothing more than a fairy tale. Or is that perhaps the point? 

Perhaps fighting “Islamophobia” is now a higher priority than fighting terrorism? 

A new German law introducing state censorship on social media platforms came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offenses” such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether or the content is accurate or not. Social media companies receive seven days for more complicated cases. If they fail to do so, the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law. 

This state censorship makes free speech subject to the arbitrary decisions of corporate entities that are likely to censor more than absolutely necessary, rather than risk a crushing fine. When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state’s private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, and who shall be shut down, free speech becomes nothing more than a fairy tale. Or is that perhaps the point? 

www.gatestoneinstitute.org… 

Say goodbye to freedom of speech in Germany, but there are others wanting to do the same in other western nations, including in the U.S., as several social platforms have already engaged in a similar agenda to control political and cultural discourse on the internet.