Delete Hate Speech or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies

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A new law in Germany will require companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, to remove any content that is illegal in Germany — such as Nazi symbols or Holocaust denial — within 24 hours of it being brought to their attention. CreditTobias Schwarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

BERLIN — Social media companies operating in Germany face fines of as much as $57 million if they do not delete illegal, racist or slanderous comments and posts within 24 hours under a law passed on Friday.

The law reinforces Germany’s position as one of the most aggressive countries in the Western world at forcing companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to crack down on hate speech and other extremist messaging on their digital platforms.

But the new rules have also raised questions about freedom of expression. Digital and human rights groups, as well as the companies themselves, opposed the law on the grounds that it placed limits on individuals’ right to free expression. Critics also said the legislation shifted the burden of responsibility to the providers from the courts, leading to last-minute changes in its wording.

Technology companies and free speech advocates argue that there is a fine line between policy makers’ views on hate speech and what is considered legitimate freedom of expression, and social networks say they do not want to be forced to censor those who use their services. Silicon Valley companies also deny that they are failing to meet countries’ demands to remove suspected hate speech online.

“With this law, we put an end to the verbal law of the jungle on the internet and protect the freedom of expression for all,” Mr. Maas said. “We are ensuring that everyone can express their opinion freely, without being insulted or threatened.”

“That is not a limitation, but a prerequisite for freedom of expression,” he continued.

The law will take effect in October, less than a month after nationwide elections, and will apply to social media sites with more than two million users in Germany.

It will require companies including Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, to remove any content that is illegal in Germany — such as Nazi symbols or Holocaust denial — within 24 hours of it being brought to their attention.

The law allows for up to seven days for the companies to decide on content that has been flagged as offensive, but that may not be clearly defamatory or inciting violence. Companies that persistently fail to address complaints by taking too long to delete illegal content face fines that start at 5 million euros, or $5.7 million, and could rise to as much as €50 million.

Every six months, companies will have to publicly report the number of complaints they have received and how they have handled them.

In Germany, which has some of the most stringent anti-hate speech laws in the Western world, a study published this year found that Facebook and Twitter had failed to meet a national target of removing 70 percent of online hate speech within 24 hours of being alerted to its presence.

The report noted that while the two companies eventually erased almost all of the illegal hate speech, Facebook managed to remove only 39 percent within 24 hours, as demanded by the German authorities. Twitter met that deadline in 1 percent of instances. YouTube fared significantly better, removing 90 percent of flagged content within a day of being notified.

Facebook said on Friday that the company shared the German government’s goal of fighting hate speech and had “been working hard” to resolve the issue of illegal content. The company announced in May that it would nearly double, to 7,500, the number of employees worldwide devoted to clearing its site of flagged postings. It was also trying to improve the processes by which users could report problems, a spokesman said.

Twitter declined to comment, while Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The standoff between tech companies and politicians is most acute in Europe, where freedom of expression rights are less comprehensive than in the United States, and where policy makers have often bristled at Silicon Valley’s dominance of people’s digital lives.

But advocacy groups in Europe have raised concerns over the new German law.

Mirko Hohmann and Alexander Pirant of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin criticized the legislation as “misguided” for placing too much responsibility for deciding what constitutes unlawful content in the hands of social media providers.

“Setting the rules of the digital public square, including the identification of what is lawful and what is not, should not be left to private companies,” they wrote.

Even in the United States, Facebook and Google also have taken steps to limit the spread of extremist messaging online, and to prevent “fake news” from circulating. That includes using artificial intelligence to remove potentially extremist material automatically and banning news sites believed to spread fake or misleading reports from making money through the companies’ digital advertising platforms.

YOU TUBE CENSORS JAN LAMPRECHT`S VIDEO `SOUTH AFRICA FACES RACE WAR: 1ST BATTLE BETWEEN BLACKS& WHITES`Part 1

YOU TUBE CENSORS JAN LAMPRECHT`S VIDEO `SOUTH AFRICA FACES RACE WAR: 1ST BATTLE BETWEEN BLACKS & WHITES` Part 1

Prissy You Tube censors assign a `’strike’. The censors are for free speech but not ‘hate speech’ whatever that is.

 

Hi #TeamWhite,

As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow – and don’t allow – on YouTube. Your video “SA Race War: 1st Battle Between Blacks & Whites – Part 1” was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.

Video content restrictions

We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express their points of view, even if unpopular. However, YouTube doesn’t allow hate speech. Sometimes there’s a fine line between what is and isn’t considered hate speech. If you’re not sure whether or not your content crosses the line, we ask that you don’t post it. Learn more here.

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Readers’ Comments — But Only If We like Them

Readers’ Comments — But Only If We like Them

To gauge the pulse of public opinion, look at the comments after news stories in the online editions of newspapers or radio/television news. The level of anger at Canada’s Europeans-replacing immigration policy, the endless coddling of minorities and other issues hardly ever appears in news stories or commentary. As in the U.S., there is a huge gap between approved opinion preached in most of the media and what a huge section of the population is thinking.

 

The dissident ideas have some of the guardians of approved opinion worried. They seek to cut off or strictly limit this venue for public opinion. Even the normally pro-free speech Globe and Mail is worried. Sylvia Stead its Public Editor. In an article “Online comments — is there a fix?” (Globe and Mail, July 30, 2016), she  supported a crackdown: “But too many [comments] do go too far — becoming personal, racist and bordering on hate speech. The end result can be so toxic that several news outlets, including The Toronto Star, have simply dispensed with comments altogether.” The fear of “racist” comments invites the response, “So what?” “Racism” is such an open-ended term that it is used to silence criticism of immigration or minority pretensions. Donald Trump was roundly denounced by his opponent and the compliant press on both sides of the border as a “racist” and he’s now President of the United States.SYLVIA STEAD

Stead continues: “Editors around the world will tell you they have problems with the same subjects: immigration, the Middle East, Moslems, indigenous people, women’s rights and the LGBTQ community. … As part of its crackdown on dissent, the Globe “will exclude certain stories from comments — usually ones about legal matters, criminal trials and potential criminal charges. Also, comments on stories about a specific basket of topics that are known to attract hate must be approved by a moderator before the can appear. I would advocate tighter rules for certain topics such as race, immigration, religion, sexual identity, women’s rights, indigenous people — and that extra effort be made to protect minority groups (and women) from abuse. That would mean more screening and, as necessary, closing comments more often.”

Presumably, it’s still okay to abuse and criticize Christians and White people and you may still be allowed to have intemperate opinions about the weather!

 

Raychyl`s Answer to Latest Liberal Party E-Mail Fundraiser

Raychyl`s Answer to Latest Liberal Party E-Mail Fundraiser
….’Wonder if the Libtards will get me arrested for this. LOL.
On Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:44 PM, Raychyl Whyte <raychyl_whyte@yahoo.com> wrote:

“One year of real change”…. FOR THE WORSE.
Immediately discontinue sending me your unsolicited, audacious, sickening requests for donations.
 
I never voted for your government.
 
Your government’s inane policies are destroying hard-working, law-abiding, working poor, born & raised Canadians of European ancestry- such as myself.
 
You have been rolling out the red carpet to backward, extremely anti-West people who hate women, hate Caucasians, hate traditional Western/Christian values, who want to butcher the genitals of all females and behead anyone who does not practice their religion or ‘dare’ criticize their barbaric religion. You are dolling out billions of tax dollars from hard-working, struggling Canadians who never even were granted a referendum as to whether the majority approved of forking out so many billions of OUR funds to those human leeches. You evidently couldn’t care less about unemployed Canadians, veterans, or the working poor.
 
And those- such as myself- who speak out against the destructive insanity your government has demonstrated so far are accused of “hate speech” and “racism”. There have even been numerous free speech advocates in Canada who have been sued and/or arrested for daring to speak out.
 
As a woman who has been working since the age of 12 and has survived ongoing abuse + deliberate poverty from my next-of-kin, there has been zero assistance or compensation for my plight. I toil away day in, day out year after year and dead-end jobs where I am poorly treated, work like a dog, yet am only paid minimum wage. I was never able to afford post-secondary education. I am also a survivor of vaccine damage, and continue to suffer frequently from the effects of highly toxic vaccines that I was conned into receiving up until 10 years ago when I finally learned the truth about them, which prompted me to immediately decline any further vaccinations. Otherwise, I guarantee you that I would be dead by now. Although will invariably be sent to an early grave due to vaccine damage. I also cannot afford to take any sick days off work, so I haul myself to work regardless of how exhausted or ill I am.
 
Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne (Ontario is my province of birth and residence) is perhaps even more demented (than the current Prime Minister) with her bizarre, destructive policies which directly harm people such as myself. But apparently those of us who resent her deranged forthcoming severe taxation on basic survival items are classified as “homophobic”.

You are intentionally destroying my country, people of my ethnicity & culture, and my province.  
 
This is insidious Stalinist Communism all over again, just with different names: “Liberals” and “Globalists”.
 
Trudeau Jr.  and Wynne can take their destructive Libtard insanities and go to hell, although I wouldn’t like to be in their company. i.e.- I’m already in hell, thanks to circumstances evidently beyond ‘my’ control.
 
So are you going to have me arrested etc. because I candidly spoke out against your demented government??
 
Signed, 
 
 
A very hard-working, born & raised, law-abiding Caucasian Canadian who YOU are gradually killing.


On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:06 PM, Liberal Party of Canada <info@email.liberal.ca> wrote:



 

White Nationalist Videographer Èvalion`Stalked by Zionist Operative and Hassled by Canada Border Services

White Nationalist Videographer Èvalion`Stalked by Zionist Operative and Hassled by Canada Border Services

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You Tube Bans Report on Day 2 of Topham Constitutional Challenge to 20 Countries
 
Whew, if you reside in any of 20 countries, including Germany, Austria and France (the land of liberte?), the Zionist censors at You Tube will block my report (reproduced below) on Day 2 of the Arthur Topham challenge to the constitutionality \of Canada’s “hate law”> The report coverage Tuesday, October 4 and also introduced another censorship victim Monika Schaefer who provided a report on the suspension without pay of Professor Anthony Hall for the non-violent expression of his political views.
 
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We see the desperation of the New World Order followers to stifle the growing dissent and torrent of information that counters decades of lies and managed news. Even more people will join the dissent as they learn about others like them out there  fighting for the same ideas. Hence, the latest efforts to close down discussion of important current issues.
 
 
Today Brian Ruhe who produced and hosted the show received the following notice from You Tube.
 
 
Paul Fromm
Director
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION

Regarding your account: Brian Ruhe

We have received a legal complaint regarding your video. After review, the following video: B.C. man convicted of promoting hate on web challenges law in court. – Day 2has been blocked from view on the following YouTube country site(s):

Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Israel, Italy, Martinique, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Poland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Reunion, French Southern Territories, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte

YouTube blocks content where necessary to comply with local laws. Please review our help centre article on legal complaints //support.google.com/youtube/answer/3001497?hl=en-GB.

Yours sincerely, 
The YouTube Team

You Tube Bans Report on Day 2 of Topham Constitutional Challenge to 20 Countries
 
Whew, if you reside in any of 20 countries, including Germany, Austria and France (the land of liberte?), the Zionist censors at You Tube will block my report (reproduced below) on Day 2 of the Arthur Topham challenge to the constitutionality \of Canada’s “hate law”> The report coverage Tuesday, October 4 and also introduced another censorship victim Monika Schaefer who provided a report on the suspension without pay of Professor Anthony Hall for the non-violent expression of his political views.
 
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We see the desperation of the New World Order followers to stifle the growing dissent and torrent of information that counters decades of lies and managed news. Even more people will join the dissent as they learn about others like them out there  fighting for the same ideas. Hence, the latest efforts to close down discussion of important current issues.
 
 
Today Brian Ruhe who produced and hosted the show received the following notice from You Tube.
 
 
Paul Fromm
Director
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION

Regarding your account: Brian Ruhe

We have received a legal complaint regarding your video. After review, the following video: B.C. man convicted of promoting hate on web challenges law in court. – Day 2has been blocked from view on the following YouTube country site(s):

Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Israel, Italy, Martinique, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Poland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Reunion, French Southern Territories, Wallis and Futuna, Mayotte

YouTube blocks content where necessary to comply with local laws. Please review our help centre article on legal complaints //support.google.com/youtube/answer/3001497?hl=en-GB.

Yours sincerely, 
The YouTube Team

https://youtu.be/7e06mqtpQmw

https://youtu.be/7e06mqtpQmw

BRIAN RUHE VICTIMIZED AGAIN: CENSORED IN THE NAME OF “DIVERSITY”

BRIAN RUHE VICTIMIZED AGAIN: CENSORED IN THE NAME OF “DIVERSITY”

I just got this email. Mary approached me a couple of months ago to teach a one hour mindfulness meditation class for $50 at UBC because she met me 10 years ago. This is minor compared to the six jobs I was fired from a year ago.

Brian

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——– Forwarded Message ——–

Subject: Re: info
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:57:01 -0700
From: Mary Stern <marziehstern@gmail.com>
To: Brian Ruhe <brian@brianruhe.ca>

Hi there Brian,

 
I am really sorry to have to tell you that the meditation will be cancelled this Thursday. As a volunteer elected by the community to serve on the association for Acadia park, I have to represent the diverse needs of those how have elected me, and unfortunately, some of those who were interested in coming to meditation are uncomfortable with some of the views on your web site. I apologize for having to cancel, and wish you all the best in continuing your good work. I hope you understand that my group is very culturally diverse, and I need to be accountable to them and support their wellness foremost.
 
Take care and all the best,
 
Sincerely,
 
Mary

Eaton’s Centre Censors WiFi – – CAFE Protests

 Eaton’s Centre Censors WiFi – – CAFE Protests

Using the Eaton ‘s Center mall wi fi in Toronto,American Renaissance labelled hateful and racist ,same for VNN

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Many in corporate Canada are only too eager to impose politically correct censorship on their customers. Many Tim Horton’s WiFi outlets are notorious for this. Talk to the managers and say you don’t appreciate their being the thought police.
 
Paul Fromm
Director
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR FREE EXPRESSION

Monika Schaefer Defends Herself Against Jasper Fitzhugh Smear Article

Monika Schaefer Defends Herself Against Jasper Fitzhugh Smear Article

18 July 2016 noon Mountain Time
 
Paul Clarke’s hit piece on me in the July 14th 2016 edition of the Fitzhugh requires a response. First, what is the story? The Fitzhugh reports that the RCMP is not currently investigating the matter. It is also reported that the Alberta Human Rights Commission neither confirms nor denies receiving a complaint. What is the news? 
 
It appears that the only real substance to Paul Clarke’s smear is his detailed account of Ken Kuzminski’s antagonism towards my video. On the basis of his political judgement, Kuzminski seeks to criminalize me and evict me from my home. He declared on social media that I am not welcome in Jasper. From my perspective, my peaceful expression of disagreement with official orthodoxy is being met with a publicized incitement to hatred against me. Who is most in danger here?
 
Frederick Fromm's photo.
 
I invite my friend Ken to consider the authoritarian implications of his draconian interventions. Do we have freedom of speech in Canada or not? How far does Ken wish to go in criminalizing dissent?
 
Ken Kuzminski’s announcement that I am banned from the Jasper Legion, of which he is president, raises the most profound issues. We were always told that Canadian soldiers fought for our freedoms, including freedom of speech and association. Shutting me out of the Legion demeans the values that our veterans supposedly fought to protect. 
 
Kuzminski contacted the German Embassy. Why? Is he trying to get Canada to follow Germany’s even more repressive police-state censorship on the issue of what actually happened in WW2? 
 
[The remainder of the letter is the portion that The Fitzhugh refused to print – MS]
 
The truth does not fear investigation. Only lies need protection by law. 
 
I will exercise my freedom of speech here. I insist on some reckoning with facts and evidence. 
 
After the Toronto “Holocaust trials” of Ernst Zündel in 1985 and 1988, the curators of the Auschwitz State Museum in Poland reduced death statistics from 4 million to 1.5 million. Why did the 6 million number remain unchanged?
 
Evidence in those trials brought to light the fraud of the gas chamber story. The French Professor Robert Faurisson was a pioneer in this line of investigation. He has been repeatedly convicted in French courts and physically assaulted for persisting with his scientific inquiry. Faurisson was instrumental in bringing Fred Leuchter, America’s top gas chamber specialist, into the Toronto trials. Leuchter conducted a thorough scientific examination of the facilities at Auschwitz and concluded that there were no homicidal gas chambers. 
 
Robert Faurisson’s trials and tribulations speak of the high stakes nature of genuine historical inquiry into the evidence of this subject. He has famously summarized, in a 60-word sentence, his conclusion from decades of research on the forbidden subject: 
 
“The alleged Hitlerite gas chambers and the alleged genocide of the Jews constitute one and the same historical lie, which made possible a gigantic financial-political fraud, the principal beneficiaries of which are the state of Israel and international Zionism, whose principal victims are the German people — but not their leaders — and the entire Palestinian people.”
 
Many people, including Jews, died in WW2. Most of the concentration camp deaths occurred in the final months of war because food was not reaching the camps. The Allies carpet-bombed Germany, in particular transportation corridors. Camp inmates died of starvation and disease. The International Red Cross figure for total deaths in all the concentration camps was 271,301. Look it up.
 
According to Clarke’s article, Martin Sampson, director of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, claims “it is the most well-documented genocide” and “the truth is the Holocaust was industrialized, state-sponsored murder committed by the Nazis against the Jewish people”. Yet, in the many thousands of government documents and archives that were seized by the Allies after the war, not a single item was found indicating a plan to exterminate the Jews. How could the mass murder of 6 million people take place without a plan? 
 
I have always been a peace activist, and I am still a peace activist. What we have now is a world of war and turmoil, structured by lies and deception. I am standing up for a better world.
 
Monika Schaefer
 
. Creative Commons photo.A video shot by a local resident denying the Holocaust has been widely condemned by the community and at least one resident has filed a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

On June 17, Monika Schaefer, a well-known Jasper resident and former Green Party candidate, appeared in a video on Youtube denying the Holocaust. The video was subsequently posted on her Facebook page.

“This is the most persistent and pernicious lie in all of history,” said Schaefer, about the Holocaust.

In the video she described the Holocaust as the “the six-million lie” in reference to the six million Jews who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis during the Second World War.

The six-minute video quickly went viral and garnered more than 30,000 views at the time of publishing.

At the end of the video Schaefer invited viewers to read several books published by Holocaust deniers, including Ernst Zündel, who lived in Canada for four decades before being deported to his native Germany where he was imprisoned for five years for denying the Holocaust.

Ken Kuzminski, president of the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion, described the video as hate speech.

“Monika has a right to say whatever she wants to say, but once she’s published it I feel that’s moved on to hate speech,” said Kuzminski.

“She can stand up and say whatever she wants, but she has to accept the consequences of doing that.”

He said he has written a formal complaint to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, contacted the local RCMP detachment and the German embassy.

“By her denying that this ever happened it perpetuates hatred, racism and discrimination,” said Kuzminski, adding he’s heard from several young people in town that they no longer feel safe.

“This is not the community we are and what we believe in.”

The Alberta Human Rights Commission neither confirmed nor denied it had received a formal complaint.

“All of the information that comes into the human rights commission with regards to complaints is confidential,” said Susan Coombes, with the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

With that said, she said any complaint involving hate would fall under section three of the Alberta Human Rights Act.

“It’s really difficult to prove,” said Coombes, about whether someone is in violation of the act. “What you have to do is say that there was intent to incite hate.”

The Jasper RCMP confirmed it was aware of the video, but said no formal investigation has been launched.

“At this time what I can say is that I’m aware the video exists and it was brought to my attention,” said RCMP Sgt. Rick Bidaisee. “Discussions are ongoing.”

Schaefer said she stood by her comments in the video during a telephone interview July 11.

“Right now the issue for me is freedom of speech,” said Schaefer. “Last I checked I thought we had freedom of speech in Canada and suddenly I’m the criminal.”

She confirmed she shot the video in Germany, where it is illegal to deny the Holocaust.

“If we don’t have the right to question a historical event then we don’t have freedom of speech,” said Schaefer.

Schaefer was slated to perform during Canada Day, but was pulled from the schedule after the Canada Day committee learned a group of residents were going to protest her performance.

“We had really reliable information that there was going to be a protest and in the interests of public safety and her safety for that matter, we decided it would just be in everybody’s best interests if she stood down for this year,” said Pattie Pavlov, general manager for the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce.

Kuzminski confirmed she is also banned from the legion.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) quickly condemned the video after learning of its existence.

“As a Holocaust denier, Ms. Schaefer, who appears in this absurd video, has earned her place on the very margins of society,” wrote Martin Sampson, director of communications for CIJA.

“Her comments would be laughable but for the intense pain they cause the survivor community and their descendants. Denying the Holocaust exposes her as an anti-Semitic ignoramus.”

“The truth is the Holocaust was industrialized, state-sponsored murder committed by the Nazis against the Jewish people. It is the most well documented genocide—by both perpetrator and victim—in history. To deny this fact is to spit in the face of truth.”

News that a formal complaint was lodged with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, comes after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, on July 10 in Poland, where one million people, mostly Jews, were killed in the Second World War.