Because of Germany’s historical involvement in genocide, hate speech in Germany has been considered a serious crime since WWII. While the far-right has often clashed with law enforcement by speaking out against migrants, since the wave of violence in Cologne on New Years Eve where over 100 sexual assaults and robberies by Arab or North African men were reported, ordinary citizens expressing their strong reactions to the reports are facing penalty from the law when their comments online fulfill the conditions for hate speech. Judges have been issuing fines and probation for serious offenders and social media companies such as Facebook have agreed to comply with domestic law. More at The Washington Post.
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