Numerous social networks this week imposed bans on US President Donald Trump, as his posts were seen to have instigated the violence at Capitol Hill. For many critics, these restrictions came four years too late. “I wasn’t surprised [by what happened at Capitol Hill],” German Social Democrat MP Helge Lindh told DW. “If you constantly lead a debate against democracy, if you constantly have negative speech, hate speech, against the established mechanism of democracy, people will one day think that this kind of democracy is not acceptable, they lose confidence in democracy, and that’s why they react. It’s a stimulus. If you permanently speak in a negative sense about the institutions of democracy one day they will attack these institutions… and they will do it literally.” Watch video 02:08 Share HateAid: Help against hate speech Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3mFT1 HateAid: Help against hate speech As someone who has been on the receiving end of online abuse, including threats of physical attacks, Lindh believes Germany is “not doing enough” to rein in hate speech. Safeguarding the constitution In Germany, the law to combat hate speech online was considered to be one of the… Read full this story
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