It’s not a secret that many people in Germany are not happy because of refugees who came from Syria, Afghanistan and other Arabic countries. What are they worrying about? Generally, their concerns go as far as safety and culture protection. These two issues impact people’s mood and social perception of the situation. This is a reason why yang people are against the idea to give them an asylum.
In modern world the best way to share your thoughts and ideas is to use social media. Many people have account on Facebook, where they wrote their views, described fears, showed attitude. The government has considered it as negative trend, mostly with hate speeches.
Social networking service can be a source of legal troubles. Three days ago German government asked Facebook Inc. to help monitor and shut down groups which are based on xenophobic views(1)(2). This means that the hate thoughts about immigrants will be punished as the law requires.
The non-profit organization called Voluntary Self-Monitoring of Multimedia Service Providers(3) will make sure that all prohibited content will be removed from the Facebook. Therefore, German users should be careful what are writing about and be more politically correct, I guess. Is this good idea? We’ll see it later.
From looks of things, it’s needleless to remind that Facebook keep all your data and you should use caution when you write about different topics even if you think that they pure and simple. It’s because your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues read it and can get their own conclusion about you (sometimes very superficial, wrong and unfair).
1. Facebook Hate Speech: Site Teams With Germany To Quell Migrant Attacks – Fortune [Internet]. [cited 2015 Sep 17]. Available from: http://fortune.com/2015/09/15/facebook-hate-speech-germany/
2. Bender R, Schechner S. Facebook Outlines Measures to Combat Racist and Xenophobic Content. Wall Street Journal [Internet]. 2015 Sep 14 [cited 2015 Sep 17]; Available from: http://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-outlines-new-measures-to-combat-racist-and-xenophobic-content-1442242351
3. Donahue BJP. Facebook to Target Racist German Posts Amid Surge in Refugees [Internet]. Bloomberg.com. [cited 2015 Sep 17]. Available from: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-14/facebook-to-target-racist-german-posts-amid-surge-in-refugees