In World First, Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany

Sharin Gaudin, ComputerWorld, October 18, 2012

Using its country-specific content-blocking tool for the first time, Twitter has shut down access to a neo-Nazi group’s account in Germany.

“Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly & transparently,” Alex Macgillivray, Twitter’s general counsel, tweeted last night. “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.”

Dirk Hensen, a spokesman for Twitter, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the account @hannoverticker has been blocked only in Germany, where its content is considered illegal.

Twitter’s content-blocking tool is designed to enable the micro-blogging site to remove illegal content in a particular country, while allowing it to remain available for everyone else.

According to AP, the @hannoverticker account is used by a far-right fringe group—Besseres Hannover—which officials from the German state of Lower Saxony banned last month, saying it promotes Nazi ideals in an attempt to undermine Germany’s democracy.

Lower Saxony officials sent Twitter a letter, which the site posted, asking the site to “close this account immediately and not to open any substitute accounts for the organisation ‘Besseres Hannover.’“

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  • These same freaks, back in time, would have blocked Paul Revere’s Twitter account.  Nice going, boneheads.

  • razorrare
  • The__Bobster

    Has Germany ever blocked the accounts of muzzies or socialists?

    • IstvanIN

       Of course not.  Like the British, only pro-German comments are banned.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    This is not the only thing Germany has banned. They also banned the video game “Wolfenstein” because you move through the castle killing Nazis. They really have their panties in a twist over that whole Nazi thing. Still, it’s disturbing that they’re banning users of the social networks.

  • RisingReich

    The Reich will rise again.

  • anarchyst

    Germany is the only country in the world where the “sins of the father” have been “visited on the children (and grandchildren)”. WHY? The present German government has been paying “reparations” to jews (and israel) for nearly 65 years now. It turns out that every generation of jews has so-called “holocaust ™” survivors. When will it end??
     Nazism pales in comparison with communism yet people of the “tribe” STILL make excuses for communism, stating that “communism was not properly applied” and that “mistakes were made”. . . yes, hundreds of millions of innocents perished under that “worker’s paradise”–communism.
     I, for one, am tired of seeing Germany being made an example of, when it comes to (pre-WW2) totalitarian governments. The political situation in pre-WW2 Germany was volatile (to say the least). Outside agitators made it easier to marginalize certain groups of German citizens with questionable loyalties.
     However, the demonization of Germany has a much greater purpose–to deflect criticism from that great “invention” of the “tribe”–communism.
     The “tribe” took a relatively minor event in world history (the jewish “holocaust ™”) and turned it into a “cash cow” that “keeps on giving”. Influential leaders of the “tribe” were willing participants in the forced deportation and destruction of their own people and did so to force the creation of a “homeland”. . .israel.

  • What if Iran wants something banned?  Will  Macgillivray move to block it? 

    Certainly not.  Some “country’s laws” are more equal than others.

  • IKantunderstand

    This is a blatant attack on free speech. Shame on Amren. Shame on you. You are refusing to post my comment? Seriously?You do that, I’m never posting here again.

    • anarchyst

      Get used to it . . . my posts have beeen deleted from time-to-time.  It seems that Amren has a pro-tribal bent and gets really touchy when the foibles and misdeeds of the “tribe” are pointed out by us true patriots.
      Best regards,

      • IstvanIN

        I read his post, probably while they were deleting it.  It was pretty accurate but he did do something that would be considered, shall we say, snotty.  He used the superscript HTM when referring to a certain disputed historical fact.

        • anarchyst

          Yes, I use the “tm” superscript because those of the “tribe” themselves have used it for financial gain and to silence much-needed critical investigation into this event as well as it being used to stifle ANY criticism of the “tribe”,  therefore showing DISRESPECT for that event in history.  No other nationality, race or culture has used a particular event in their own history with as much brazenness  to elicit the “tribe” as being “perpetual victims”.
          The jewish “holocaust ™” has been elevated to the status of a “religion” in its own right;  honest investigation and criticism is banned.
          I will continue to use the ™ superscript when dealing with this event, since it seems to be the “gift that keeps on giving” 65 years later.
          Best regards,

  • And, likewise, it attracts young people who are naturally attracted to anything society deems “wrong.”

    What we should do is make broccoli illegal and require the use of marijuana.

  • Not being able to deciper German language tweets, I’m not sure they are on our side.  Amren doesn’t have anything do with Nazi groups (you may recall Americans fought them in WWII), so calling them “our own” causes me to think you’re an SPLC plant.  Germany has plenty of legal far-right parties so it is quite possible this group is indeed sleazy enough to warrant suppression per Germany’s constitution.

  • newscomments70

    Germany is desperately trying to erase the truth. If they scream at the nazis enough, perhaps people will just forget about this nasty race realism nonesense.

  • Carney3

    I’m in favor of banning REAL Nazi stuff in Germany.  And Communist stuff in Russia.

    Here, let free speech do its thing.  We never went Nazi or Commie, nothing to live down or fear returning.