Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

German lawmaker's anti-Muslim tweet prompts complaint

German lawmaker's anti-Muslim tweet prompts complaint

The deputy leader of Germany's far-right AfD Party, Beatrix von Storch, has come under Cologne police investigation after posting an anti-Muslim tweet on New Year's Eve. "Do you think it is to appease the barbaric, gang-raping hordes of Muslim men?" von Storch tweeted.

The attacks, allegedly carried out by men with migrant backgrounds, sparked outrage across Germany amid tensions over the arrival of 1.1million refugees in 2015.

The deputy leader of Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was temporarily suspended on Twitter and Facebook after she posted a hateful rant against the Muslim community.

Besides the social media slap on the wrist, Von Storch may be charged with incitement to hatred after Cologne's state prosecutor reportedly received "several hundred" criminal complaints.

Mrs von Storch, 46, was suspended from Twitter for... On being reactivated, she posted that Facebook had also chosen to censor her. "Why does an official police site tweet in Arabic", she wrote. "Why is an official police site. tweeting in Arabic?" she wrote in a December 31 tweet.

In December, the social network booted Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who famously posted three bigoted anti-Muslim videos that were later shared by President Donald Trump, as well as least two other accounts tied to the United Kingdom -based group in what became known as the #TwitterPurge.

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"Political correctness has led to a situation where a lot of severe problems can no longer be addressed openly", Ms von Storch told Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung daily.

She posted the same comment on Facebook, which then also took it down, citing "incitement to hate (paragraph 130 of the German penal code)".

Under a law that took full effect in Germany on Monday, Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies can be fined as much as €50 million ($60 million) if they fail to remove hate speech and fake news posts quickly.

She has been equally vocal about eradicating Islam from Germany.

In September 2017, it became the first far-right party since the Nazis to enter the German parliament, after picking up 12.6 percent of the vote, which equalled 94 seats.

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