Facebook Go to Jail

Facebook User in Jail After Posting Far-Right Comments in Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany is still holding strong in its battle against online hate speech as a court in the southern town of Würzburg sentenced a man to one and a half years in prison for his right-wing comments on Facebook.

While he expressed remorse in front of the court, it wasn’t convincing enough for the judge. The man had already done just over two years behind bars after writing similar posts inciting violence towards refugees, Jews and foreigners in 2014 — something that was taken into consideration by the judge in this case.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have been scrutinized heavily by the German government over their handling of such posts. It appears to be a battle that won’t have a clear winner, though Germany isn’t afraid to dig its heels in the ground.

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Sources: DW

Photo: Ken Teegardin [Flickr] (modified)

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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