Writing a blog or venting in social media about a topic deemed to be “Hate Speech” will leave yourself getting raided by the police in Germany. According to a report from Breitbart, German Police recently raided homes of 60 people suspected of writing what is deemed ‘hate’ speech on social media in Germany. This effort was coordinated by the Federal Criminal Police (BKA),consisting officers from 25 departments search across 14 states.
These police raids took place in efforts to fight against “verbal radicalisation”, according to the German government. These type of procedures have increased in the wake of Europe’s migrant crisis. BKA President Holger Münch said attacks on migrant shelters were the result of “radicalisation” on social media.
This also comes as a recent report indicated that Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft teamed up with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech. The internet giants signed up to a new set of rules designed to stop racist, violent and illegal content from going viral. They agreed to review a “majority” of flagged content within 24 hours. They’ll remove it, if necessary. Now who determines what exactly “Hate Speech” is defined as still remains a mystery.