We reported last night on the outrage expressed by Poles — including politicians and government officials — at Facebook’s censorship of Polish patriotic groups and Polish conservatives. Earlier we posted a video of demonstrators in Poland burning Facebook icons that had been made into flags.
Across the border in Germany there is almost no pushback against Facebook or other expression of PC and Multiculturalism, except by the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). In the video below Beatrix Von Storch, one of the leaders of AfD, is seeing links to her site being blocked by Facebook.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
The following article from two years ago describes the same phenomenon, so the situation vis-à-vis the AfD is not new, and was not prompted by Chancellor Merkel’s more recent request of Mark Zuckerberg to have Facebook crack down on “hate speech”.
From the German business daily Handelsblatt, also translated by Ava Lon:
Beatrix Von Storch: Facebook blocked profile for AfD deputy
“Open Censorship of Disliked People”
There are fan sites for companies, products, bands, artists, clubs, parties or politicians. Beatrix von Storch has such a thing. If someone is a fan of a page, and presses the “like” button, he gets the messages from that page displayed in his messages. Storch currently has — as of 11.11.2014, 2 pm — 3,939 fans. The number of possible fans is infinite and is not limited by anything.
Messages cannot be sent with a fanpage. An advantage from a marketing point of view, however, is that fanpages, like “normal” websites, are public — and thus also relevant to search engines. Private profiles can only be viewed by people who are registered on Facebook.
The message from the profile-blocking now produces lively discussions on the Von Storch fanpage. “I feel like it’s Democracy à la CDU”, writes a Joachim Klockhaus. A Dennis Lehmann says: “Open censorship of disliked people.”
And a “Valentina Icannottellyou” tries to uplift the “dear Beatrix von Storch” and give her courage: “You are a citizen and a human like everyone else … everybody has the right to open an FB account … you too have family, friends and acquaintances with whom you would like to stay in touch. In this case you use FB.”
And here’s a reminder from earlier this year that the German government doesn’t think Facebook is doing enough to crack down on “hate” (thank you, Ava Lon):
Hate commentaries in social media
Justice Minister Maas: Facebook is not fast enough against hate on the net
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 22:52
Hate and hate speech are still a problem on social networks. Federal Justice Minister [Heiko] Maas has now accused Facebook of being too slow in the fight. Because Facebook had announced it would delete such things within 24 hours.
For Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), Facebook continues to be slow against hate and hate speech comments on the social network. “It has to get even better,” said Maas on the evening of the ZDF broadcast “Berlin direkt”. Facebook is obligated to take criminal content off the web. “If they do not, then it will eventually bring them into conflict with the law.”
Comments should be deleted within 24 hours
Facebook is still struggling to deal more decisively against extremist postings. “It has actually improved. But we’ve never said we’d get the problem done in one fell swoop.” They agreed with the company to delete such comments within 24 hours. In practice, however, this is still happening too seldom.
At the end of February, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg instructed his company to deal with hate commentaries. At the time, he announced that with significantly more employees, he would be able to deal with hateful entries and comments.
|00:00||Obama, help me, the AfD [Alternative for Germany] is discovering everything.|
|00:04||OK, you can forward it to the CIA.|
|00:12||The link is blocked.|
|00:16||We think that the link you wanted to open is malicious.|
|00:20||For your own security we blocked it.|
|00:24||Find out more about how to keep your account safe.|
|00:28||Please, let us know if you think that this link shouldn’t be blocked.