German MP being investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts

German far-right MP investigated over anti-Muslim social media posts

Beatrix von Storch called Muslim men 'barbaric and gang-raping'.

Germany's city Cologne came under controversy when countless women reported sexual assaults and gang assaults over New Year in 2015 allegedly by men from migrant backgrounds, amid the influx of a high number of migrants.

They also published a tweet in Arabic that said: "The Cologne police wishes all people of Cologne, Leverkusen and the area a happy new year 2018". The tweet did not obviously please the German MP who replied: "What the hell is happening in this country?"

Germany's tough new social media law appears to be working: A far-right member of parliament had her Twitter account suspended shortly after posting an anti-Muslim message.

Co-leader of Germany's Alternative for Germany party Beatrix von Storch is under fire for a tweet she sent that authorities claim was "incitement to hate". "Why did an official police site from North Rhine-Westphalia tweet in Arabic?" As a result, her account was disabled on Monday, for 12 hours.

In June, in a question on Facebook of whether firearms should be used against women and children trying to cross the German border, Von Storch answered "yes".

Besides the social media slap on the wrist, Von Storch may be charged with incitement to hatred after Cologne's state prosecutor reportedly received "several hundred" criminal complaints.

Twitter and Facebook have deleted the posts.

AfD party chief Alexander Gauland took aim at the new rules, calling it "censorship" and saying the new regulations are "Stasi methods that remind me of communist East Germany". "Why is an official police site. tweeting in Arabic?" she wrote in a December 31 tweet.

"My knees are shaking", she wrote of such an unlikely scenario.

The AfD has branded NetzDG as a "censorship law".

Social media companies that fail to remove illegal inflammatory comments could face up to 50 million euros ($60 million) in fines.

Internet activists and journalist organizations have also raised objections, not least because the government has deliberately left the task of deleting content or blocking users to the internet platforms themselves, rather than having courts make decisions.

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