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Twitter blocks content of German neo-Nazi group
Twitter's local censorship falls short of a demand by German police to shut down a group's account.
October 18th, 2012
11:27 AM ET

Twitter blocks content of German neo-Nazi group

By Ben Brumfield and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

(CNN) - Twitter will withhold content from a neo-Nazi account at the request of German authorities, the first time it has put into action a policy of local censorship it adopted in January and a step that will probably reignite debate over freedom of expression on the Internet.

Alex Macgillivray, Twitter's general counsel, tweeted the company's decision Thursday: "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."

But although Twitter, hailed by many as a powerful enabler of free speech, is taking its first step toward limiting hate speech, some groups say it still has a long way to go.

The Anti-Defamation League has said it "lags far behind" other social media networks in setting clear standards over racism.

A barrage of anti-Semitic abuse prompted by a series of hashtags in France has highlighted the problem there in recent weeks, with the French Union of Jewish Students adding its voice to the concerns raised by the ADL.

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • LC

      Sock puppet.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • .

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "The Truth" degenerates to:
      "Thinker23" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "ImLook'nUp" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
      "Lorraine" degenerates to:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian!..

      October 22, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!_

      October 22, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  2. Reality

    Nazism right up there with Islam's terror and horror. Some 21st century enlightenment for new members of this blog:

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on all religions in less than ten seconds :

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    October 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  3. krussell

    I haven't been this torn since the KKK spoke out againstr the Wesboro Baptist Church.

    So I have to either agree with the Anti-Defimation League or the wanna be Nazis?

    October 18, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Missy

      Sometimes, the enemy of your enemy is still your enemy.

      October 20, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  4. krussell

    So I have to either agree with the Anti-Defimation League or the wanna be Nazis?
    I haven't been this torn since the KKK spoke out againstr the Wesboro Baptist Church.

    October 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  5. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    My father, the thief of Baghdad, not Saddam as you all goons think, but way before Saddam was born, stealing, looting runs in my family, I am just saying so it may help you what I have been talking about.

    October 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, ignorant.

      October 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  6. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    BG
    ZERO = ESSENCE OR WILL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE 360 QUANTIFIED
    HERO = MEASURE OF THE PATH OR MASTER OF THE PATH 360
    It may help you what I have been talking about.

    October 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • George Patton

      IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE, ZERO IS ZERO, HERO IS HERO, AND YOU'R MORON.

      October 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      may be too much to realize for a hindu, ignorant. hindu, pea brain

      October 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  7. TheRationale

    Gee, because banning free speech always leads to good things.

    October 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  8. Rational Libertarian

    There's literally no free expression in Europe anymore.

    October 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      Never was, reason for people to migrate to other land's, Europe land of hinduism, racism.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Ooga booga booga.

      October 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  9. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    STOP hINDUISM, DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD IN IT'S TRACK'S, AND HAVE PEACE, ISLAM AMONG HUMANITY.

    Boy abuse and being gay is holy tradition of hinduism, pagan ism, besides, hindrance of incest to follow hinduism, racism as some thing of a holy nature, hindu pagan Christianity draw's it's root from.
    Teddy- Tallahassee
    HINDU KALI – GODDESS OF VIOLENCE/TERRORISM

    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    maria
    Disgusting. Where are the human right people??????

    Charimonov Caminsky
    With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Mahatma Gandhi, a pedophile, needs to be exposed and tried posthumously for his child molestation crimes just like the Penn State crowd Sandusky et al. Gandhi's statutes need to be knocked down everywhere they have been put in USA. The hindu deities need to be shattered and trashed. Disgusting figurines of ugly and scary looking characters with demonic personalities. How can hindu children grow up mentally stable looking at such atrocious representations of evil in its most heinous form.
    to learn truth about hinduism, denial of truth absolute and a crime against humanity, please visit limitisthetruth.com

    October 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • BG

      Here you go. Hope it helps (but I doubt it will in your case)

      http://www.dearmentalillness.com/kanna-sceletium-tortuosum.html#more-154

      October 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • George Patton

      Good sounds like KALI can fix our terrorism issues, feed muslims to KALI, I have no issue if SHE eats all of them, good and bad muslims.

      October 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

      hindu assumed Kali, "work horse" has no power, nor ever existed. Just hinduism, assumption of hindu's, ignorant's.

      October 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  10. STOP MURDER OF CHILDREN , Human be aware of hindu filthy dog's of hindu Atheism, self center ism , DENIAL OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD.

    Every hindu, denier of truth absolute seeks, hinduism, removal of truth absolute from access of humanity to hide his business of hinduism, illegality, truth absolute GOD is engraved on rock, resolve of truthful Muslim,never to be removed, but implemented with full force to eliminate hinduism, denial of truth absolute including hindu's, criminals along with their hindu Judaism, secularism and atheism, not of truth absolute GOD but of Lucifer, secular hindu, filthy god of hindu atheist.self centered. hindu's, deniers of truth absolute have no power to remove truth absolute, because truth absolute GOD is essence of existence , of every thing in existence, including hindu's, deniers of truth absolute GOD. GO TO hIND, HELL hINDU'S CRIMINALS WITH YOUR hINDU GOD LUCIFER, SECULAR. hIND, DIE WITH YOUR hINDU SOUL, FILTHY DESIRE. For truth about hinduism, denial of truth absolute visit, limitisthetruth.com

    October 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • BG

      http://www.thecureforallmentalillness.com/articles.html

      I especially like the part about Catholic Zero Gravity. Woo-Hoo !!

      October 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  11. Reality

    This morning CNN ran the following on this blog:

    "My Take: Muslims must engage politically, look outside themselves
    Editor's Note: Imam Khalid Latif is a chaplain for New York University and executive director of the school's Islamic Center.

    By Khalid Latif, Special to CNN My wife and I were on our way into Bed, Bath and Beyond in late August when I decided to check...
    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/18/my-take-muslims-must-engage-politically-look-outside-themselves/

    About 15 minutes later the topic disappeared along with my comments noted below:

    SOMETHING ALL AMERICAN MUSLIMS MUST HEAR:

    WHAT INSTIGATED THE ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS, FLIGHT 93 AND THE PENTAGON?

    AND WHAT DRIVES TODAY'S 24/7 MOSQUE/IMAM-PLANNED ACTS OF TERROR AND HORROR?

    THE KORAN, MOHAMMED'S BOOK OF DEATH FOR ALL INFIDELS AND MUSLIM DOMINATION OF THE WORLD BY ANY MEANS.

    MUSLIMS MUST CLEAN UP THIS BOOK REMOVING SAID PASSAGES ADMITTING THAT THEY ARE BASED ON THE GABRIEL MYTH AND THEREFORE OBVIOUSLY THE HALLUCINATIONS AND/OR LIES OF MOHAMMED.

    THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE SAFETY AND LOCATION OF MOSQUES AND WHAT IS TAUGHT THEREIN.

    UNTIL THEN, NO MUSLIM CAN BE TRUSTED ANYTIME OR ANYWHERE..................................

    Is CNN also censoring topics and commentaries????

    October 18, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • BG

      No doubt your comment upset the Imam who was hoping for nothing but sugar from the Crescent News Network.

      October 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm |

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