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December 9, 2017

Does Setting Your Twitter Location to Germany Block Nazi Content?

Filed under: Germany, Language — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:51 pm

https://www.snopes.com/twitter-germany-nazis/

I was reading an interesting article today about how twitter accounts are blocked in Germany.  You can read the article in full and also watch an interesting video by clicking on the link above.

The line of thinking in the article is that you might want to set your location as Germany to block these annoying tweets.

Begin quote from Snopes

CLAIM

Changing your Twitter profile’s country setting to Germany will cause Nazi-related accounts to be blocked from view.

RATING

MOSTLY TRUE

WHAT’S TRUE

Certain national socialist, white nationalist and Nazi Twitter profiles are “withheld” from view when viewed by a Twitter user whose country is set to Germany.

WHAT’S FALSE

The change in settings is not entirely effective, and some Nazi-related accounts and content will persist.

End quote from Snopes.

A sample screen shot from twitter which appears in the article.

The interesting article concludes with the following,

Begin quote from Snopes

Against this background, Germany implemented a new law in October 2017 which specifically targets hate speech and incitement to hatred published on social media platforms, and allows the state to fine technology companies up to €50 million ($59 million) if they fail to quickly remove violating content.

Twitter describes its policy on “country withheld content” in this way:

Many countries, including the United States, have laws that may apply to Tweets and/or Twitter account content. In our continuing effort to make our services available to users everywhere, if we receive a valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity, it may be necessary to reactively withhold access to certain content in a particular country from time to time.

It’s not clear whether an “authorized entity” means a state entity (i.e. law enforcement or prosecutors), or a private group or individual could also prompt Twitter to withhold content in a given country.

It’s also unclear whether accounts are withheld on the basis of certain keywords in a profile description or handle, or only on the basis of tweets, and whether an official entity must alert Twitter to content that might constitute a criminal offense, or the company itself proactively withholds accounts and tweets.

End quote from Snopes.

 

1 Comment »

  1. I want all the WN stuff I can get….the Jew run media is getting nauseating.

    JR

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — December 9, 2017 @ 1:22 pm


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