Twitter had to block the account of a Far-right German Member of Parliament for 12 hours for making an anti-Muslim Tweet on Monday.
Beatrix von Storch, a lawmaker from The Alternative for Germany party criticized Cologne police for tweeting New Year message in Arabic. In her Tweet she condemned the Police force for appeasing “the barbaric, Muslim, rapist hoards of men”.
Germany has recently enacted a law that obliges social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Google to respond quickly to remove hate speech or other illegal matter with in 24 hoursof receiving a notification or face fines of up to 50 million Euros ($60m).
Von Storch was condemned widely by social media users, but far-right activists rallied around her, accusing Twitter and the German authorities of censorship.
Von Storch the granddaughter of Adolf Hitler’s finance minister, holds the position off the deputy leader in the AfD which once considered part of the eurosceptic right and has transformed into a hard-right, anti-Islam party in recent years.
In 2016, the party published a manifesto declaring Islam as “not welcome” in Germany. This came as a reaction to the ongoing European refugee crisis, which saw more than a million people, mainly from and Iraq, either claim refuge in or transit through the state to other European nations.
Despite the fact that thousands of Germans demonstrate in the rallies opposing the AfD policies, the party’s electoral success has been unstoppable. In September 2017, it became the first far-right party since the Nazis to enter the German parliament, after picking up 12.6 percent of the vote, which equalled 94 seats.
According to the sources The MP could be charged with the criminal offense of incitement to hatred.
Cologne Police had posted the message in languages, including English, French, German, and Arabic, as well.