Baiting on the Internet: nationwide raids against hate comments

Anti-Semitic insults, popular incitement: the police have searched homes of suspects in ten federal states who have posted hate comments.

Baiting on the Internet: nationwide raids against hate comments

The police have searched nationwide apartments of several suspects to act against hate comments on internet. A total of 29 accused people have been accused of having posted criminal hate comments on internet, such as anti-Semitic insults, xenophobic incitements, or even public calls for offences. Several computers should be ensured.

The action took place within framework of third Action Day to combat Hasspostings, which Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) had coordinated. According to BKA, 20 police departments in Berlin, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Hesse, Bremen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia were involved in raids since early morning.

Incitement of people in social networks or online forums can be punished by a custodial sentence of up to five years. The internet is "not a legal space", it was said in a press release by BKA. It is equally important to delete hate comments quickly, as offenders prosecute. At beginning of year, Network Enforcement Act came into force. Providers SozialerNetzwerke, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, have since been obliged to remove or block "Offensichtlichrechtswidrige content" within 24 hours of receiving einerBeschwerde.

The BKA furr called for support for fight against hatred on net. Anyone who would encounter hatred, agitation and verbal violence on internet and in social networks, or even victims of such acts, should report to police. In some federal states re is possibility to display criminal offences anonymously via internet portals (accessible for example via BKA website).

2,270 registered Hasspostings in 2017 – despite furr high case numbers. 74% of se Hasspostings are politically motivated by police evaluation. If you recognize Hasspostings on Internet, you will refund advertisement: HTTPS://T.CO/NPQPNSUKLX

— Federal Criminal Police Office (@bka) June 14, 2018

A graphic of federal Police Office, which was published on Twitter, shows: Most of hatred comments are politically motivated right. Last year police registered more than 2,200 Hasspostings on net.

Date Of Update: 15 June 2018, 12:02

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