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Twitter bans Nazi-group Besseres Hannover: we vill fight zem in 140 characters or fewer

by | 18th, October 2012

TWITTER has banned Germany from reading the tweets from banned neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover (Better Hanover). Why? Will reading their tweets create sympathy to their cause? Are Germans still so easily turned onto genocide and Uber Alles and all that? Sod Nuremberg rallies. You can whip the natives into a frenzy it 140 characters.

This is the first page Twitter has banned.

Fans and followers of @hannoverticker trying to view the page in Germany are met with the result: “Withheld account. @Hannover ticker’s account has been withheld in Germany.”

Alex Macgillivray, Twitter’s general counsel explained:

“We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We’re using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany.”

Police in Lower Saxony sent him a message:

“The Ministry of the Interior of the State of Lower Saxony in Germany has banned the organisation Besseres Hannover. It is disbanded, its assets are seized and all its accounts in social networks have to be closed immediately. The Public Prosecutor (State Attorney’s Office) has launched an investigation on suspicion of forming a criminal association … I ask you to close this account immediately and not to open any substitute accounts for the organisation Besseres Hannover.”

The outifts last tweet vowed:

“We will keep on agitating.”

Fair enough. Twitter is a private company. It’s job is to get customers. What will it ban in the UK?

Spotter: Daily Intel



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