Anorak | Reaction to Twitter’s block on German Neo-Nazi group

Reaction to Twitter’s block on German Neo-Nazi group

by | 18th, October 2012

TWITTER has decided, for the first time, to block German’s access to the account of a neo-Nazi group. This is the first time Twitter has decided to act on a policy known as “country withheld content”.

“Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly & transparently,” said Alex MacGillivray, the company’s general counsel, posted on Twitter Thursday morning in Germany.

“It’s not a great thing, but it’s a way of minimizing censorship,” said Jillian C. York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group. “It’s better for Twitter if they can keep countries happy without having to take the whole thing down.”

Now, in Germany, the use of Nazi symbols and slogans can be criminally prosecuted and the government will be happy with this ban. However, there’ll be some who see this as a ‘freedom of speech’ problem.

Freedom of speech is one thing, but that’s not the issue. Germans should be allowed to see and indeed, engage with groups like this. Not for some political reason, but rather, it takes virtually no time at all for a racist group to make themselves look like complete idiots and paint themselves into a corner, thereby discrediting themselves.

Also, most Germans will have no doubt ignored them or indeed, took great pleasure in tearing them a new arsehole. It is

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