Digital violence: Federal government subsidizes Hate Aid with 497,000 euros

Most recently, the Berlin-based organization had supported the climate activist Luisa Neubauer in her actions against the right-wing populist author Akif Pirinçci and had his account seized. Pirinçci was ordered by the District Court of Frankfurt am Main to pay 10. Euro been convicted because he accused Neubauer of using a sexist, demeaning comment on Facebook.

It is not the first time Hate Aid has received federal funding . The previous sponsors of the project include the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Thorsten Lieb from the FDP, member of the budget committee, said: »Despite the difficult budgetary situation we make it possible for those affected by hate speech to receive appropriate advice and not be left alone on their way to enforcing their rights”. Because if the »citizens stop writing comments under a posting out of fear of being insulted, threatened or personally attacked, then our society has a problem«.

Lieb also calls for an »effective constitutional state«. In the opinion of many of those affected, the prosecution of criminal statements on the Internet is inconsistent; at most, an annual day of action like the one in March, when investigators nationwide questioned numerous suspects and searched houses and apartments, caused a stir.

the specially established “Central Reporting Office for Criminal Content on the Internet” was a problem. Actually, their investigators should initiate thousands of procedures per month, identify perpetrators and effectively combat right-wing extremism on the Internet. But the social media companies are not playing along.

As the SPIEGEL reported in January , neither Meta nor TikTok, Twitter, YouTube or Telegram want to work with the central office. According to the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG), they would actually have to actively report certain suspected criminal content to the BKA, including information about who published it. The BKA has also developed an interface for this. But the companies are of the opinion that the NetzDG is not compatible with European law. Meta, Google and TikTok have filed corresponding lawsuits and thus in the first instance at least partially successful and thus effectively slowed down the new registration office.

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