Hate speech is speech with hurtful content which aims to attack individuals or groups. It encompasses all forms of speech, including the written form, gestures or comments posted on social media platforms.
Hate speech posted online is often directed at minorities, including women, members of the LGBT community, people with special needs and/or foreigners. Additionally, it takes aim at religion, race or ideology. Often, hate speech threatens the individual or group and calls for violent behavior. The persecution of hate speech worldwide depends on the jurisdiction of the respective country. In 2016, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter agreed on an EU Code of Conduct which calls for the majority of illegal hate content to be erased within 24 hours of posting. Germany is one of the countries where hate speech can be prosecuted in cases of libel, incitement and insult.
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Germany's controversial, right-wing populist AfD party is expected to enter parliament following the federal elections. But many of its own voters don't dare publically support their party. With a new social media campaign, the AfD is trying to change that. It's asking its voters to upload selfie videos with messages of support. We talked to one of the first AfD members who did so.
Author and comedian Shahak Shapira reported over 300 tweets for hateful and racist content. After none of the tweets were deleted, Shapira wanted to make sure that Twitter employees couldn't help but notice them.