On the same night as Kristallnacht had been seventy-eight years before, an alt-right group posted a list of addresses and contact information of Jewish individuals living near Berlin. German authorities addressed Facebook, where the hateful message was posted, and eventually the post was deleted. At first, however, Facebook declined to remove the post; only public pressure could convince Facebook to delete.
Germany’s strict banning of all hate speech is one of the Holocaust’s better legacies. After clearly experiencing the link between discriminatory language and actual mass violence, German opts less of the side of freedom of speech when compared to the United States. Is Germany going about this the right way? Should the U.S. adopt similar standards, especially with the rise of hateful rhetoric and hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump? Are there other ways to prevent atrocity, besides judicious, well-intentioned censorship?
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