A German satirical magazine’s Twitter account has been put on hold and that was because it was found parading anti-Muslim comments. Leaders around the world in their speeches have been preaching against segregation in any form and it seems like the matters is being taken with much seriousness considering the move to block the account.
The national journalists association recently spoke in relation to the new law against online hate speech saying that time had finally come for strict and tough measures to be put in place.
A person familiar with the matter said, “Titanic magazine was mocking Beatrix von Storch, a member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who accused police of trying ‘to appease the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hordes of men’ by putting out a tweet in Arabic. Twitter briefly suspended her account and prosecutors are examining if her comments amount to incitement to hatred.”
It was back on Tuesday when Titanic magazine made the publication of its send-up and that was through a tweet .It was purporting that it came from von Storch and was directed to the police. He asserted that the last thing he could have wished for was to see was a mollified barbarian, Muslim, gang-raping hordes of men.
It was on Wednesday when Titanic disclosed that its Twitter account had been blocked outlining that the message might have been the reason behind the move. At the moment, new law was already in full force and the scariest part about it was the high fines imposed to those that went against it. Those social media companies that took quite long to eliminate messages of hate could pay fines of up to 50 million euros ($60 million).
Titanic editor Tim Wolff on the magazine’s website expressed his great shock in relation to the matter. He proceeded to outline that Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Chancellor Angela Merkel had made a promise that the new law wouldn’t be associated with such serious effects. A Twitter spokesman came out clearly to state that the company declined to make any comments regarding the individual accounts and that was for both security and privacy reasons.