Bare breasts versus race-baiting in German Facebook protest

Facebook in mid-September pledged to combat hate speech on its German-language network as xenophobic comments online spiked
Facebook in mid-September pledged to combat hate speech on its German-language network as xenophobic comments online spiked

A Facebook campaign featuring a topless woman and a man holding up a racist sign has gone viral in Germany, as its creator said Friday the social network needed to rein in hate speech.

The image shows a voluptuous woman wearing only a pair of panties and a man in an easy chair clad in an undershirt and jeans with a handwritten, misspelled message reading "Don't Buy From Turks"—a Nazi-era slogan against Jews combined with a racist slur.

It features the caption "One of these people is violating Facebook's rules" and the hashtag #nippelstatthetze ("nipples instead of race-baiting").

Self-described "politically oriented" photographer Olli Waldhauer, 41, told AFP he posted the image on Facebook on Wednesday night and within two hours the site had taken it down and informed him it ran up against its no-nudity policy.

But he made the image available on file-sharing website WeTransfer where it was downloaded and shared "countless" times, he said. A media report put the number at at least 30,000.

"I want Facebook to ban the picture not because of the nudity but because of the race-baiting," he told AFP.

"I think it's great that so many people have uploaded the picture and shown that they don't want racist pictures on Facebook."

Facebook in mid-September pledged to combat on its German-language network as xenophobic comments online spiked.

The popular social network had come under pressure from German authorities who charge that the website had not been systematically erasing offending entries even though users had flagged them up.

Facebook has seen a rise in racist commentary as Germany gears up to take in up to a million refugees this year.

The site said it would encourage "counter speech" and step up monitoring of anti-foreigner commentary, as company representatives met German Justice Minister Heiko Maas.

Maas had earlier said Facebook should not "become a funfair for the far right".

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Oct 31, 2015
If one bans all that "offensive" expression, it will re-emerge in other ways that are guaranteed to be more unpleasant than if such people had simply been allowed to express themselves.

As awful as they may be, they aren't inciting people to violence. Better to allow this now, than to deal with surprise violence later. It also tells everyone who they are and what they stand for. A true democratic society needs that, even when it is offensive.

Oct 31, 2015
The holocaust was not caused by Hitler, but by a culture that HATED multiculturalism. Hitler used that hatred to come to power. It was already there; he didnt bring it. It should be obvious that I am not defending Hitler but instead I am relating the modern conservative hatred of multiculturalism to Nazi Germany. Its not 1 person. Its a hating culture.

Nov 01, 2015
Was the Ukrainian Holodomor perpetrated by Stalin and carried out by Lazar Kaganovich caused by a culture that hated multiculturalism or simply that they wanted to liquidate the Kulaks considered to be a wealthier class of farmers.

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