"legislators, not private companies, should decide on any necessary curbs to free expression."
Merkel's spokesperson goes on to defend Twitter's actions up till now saying:
"Twitter’s practice of adding notes to Trump’s inaccurate tweets had been appropriate, since the platform bore a responsibility for ensuring public discourse was not poisoned by hate, lies or incitement."
So, I wouldn't call Merkel's reservations the fascist red flag that the meme claims it is.
I don't see anything on the topic of censorship, which is what we're currently discussing. Nice try at deflection, however, but like the Kamikaze that you are, you missed the target and crashed into the sea. Keep trying, though, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.
Try to be more inclusive in your views though. It goes way beyond President Trump and big tech. The cancel culture is way out of control. Harvard wants to pull degrees from Republicans. AOC wants a ministry of truth. The FBI is investigating the very troops sent in to protect Harris/Biden.
Ah yes, because Trump is *now* gone, let's just ignore the pernicious influence of thousands of BS Trump tweets over 4+ years (starting with the birther hoax see above) including hundreds of Tweets specifically pushing the election fraud lie since early-November, which culminated in the carnage we saw on Jan. 6.
@RealDonaldTrump is now a blank screen, but the damage is done and it will all be archived in the Trump Presidential Library for future historians to peruse and cringe at their leisure if and when that monument to American proto-fascism is ever built.
Purging his Twitter account 2 weeks before he left office barely helped, but it does belatedly put Twitter on the right side of history.
In fact, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey resisted calls to ban Trump *even after* Jan. 6, but the internal pressure was too great. He would have faced resignations, increased criticism and scrutiny, possible liability if there was even more bloodshed, etc.
It’s not only “not finalized,” it stands a snowball’s chance of passing since how do you think Harvard alumni (not to mention current AND future students) will react if they believe their degrees earned after 4-8 years or more of hard work could be on the chopping block over political differences?
That said, the violations of Cruz etc. over the past couple months were so outrageous to our norms as a country that Harvard might be interested. IMO this goes well beyond “political differences” of Left vs. Right into an attack on our constitutional order itself. I’m still saying no, doesn’t happen. though.
But it might!
Unprecedented actions might have unprecedented consequences!
Re: FBI, you'd better believe they are screening the troops tasked with protecting the peaceful transfer of power for their commitment to democracy and latent extremist views. To do otherwise in the wake of an attempted coup would be malpractice.
Well, if one knows anything about history and the way that Germany has behaved in the last 120+ years, being the poster child for fascism, then the idea of them criticizing U.S. base companies is funny as f**k.
No, to answer your question, I have no idea about how Germany handles its censorship laws as it's irrelevant to the meme.
Perhaps you could enlighten me with four or five sources. Thanks. Screenshots or urls are fine.
As someone who lived through Germany's fascism and experienced it directly; I would say the "fascism" accusations of U.S. based companies are highly exaggerated. I would not compare my family's need to flee from country to country to former Twitter users need to find another platform because of their abuse of their terms of service.
Seriously, if you were born in 1935 you would have been old enough (barely) to remember living under the Nazi boot. However, that would make you 95. I refuse to believe that you're anywhere near that old. If you are, much respect, but nah.
No, I do not. But I do remember the stories of my Mother and Uncle. I only remember my father's face through photographs. I do remember my Mother having trouble learning English and being spit on for being German. I remember being afraid that because I was German that I might be Evil. That if I were to read Mein Kampf I would be like some Manchurian Candidate. It turns out that whatever power Hitler had over my people; just as it did not hold over my Mother and Father and my Uncle, it did not hold over me.
So yes. I stand by what I said. The ramifications of the "fascism" you're experiencing right now is nothing. When you are speaking to me from another country, in another language, then you can tell me of your oppression.
I just read this whole line of bullshit again and here's another giant whole in your story - YOU CLAIM THAT YOU ARE GERMAN (OR GERMAN HERITAGE), YET YOU ARE ALSO CLAIM THAT YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF GERMAN FASCISM???? I could see that holding water if you were a German Jew (or one of the other groups targeted for extinction by Hitler), but not if your family was the run of the mill German citizens.
Whether or not Hitler's power had a hold over your mother & father is irrelevant. What do you have to go on, besides mudder und uncle's word for it? Of course they're going to deny supporting Hitler after the fact. What happened to Daddy? Killed fighting for the reich or picked up by the SS for denouncing Hitler? There can only be one correct answer.
The German population was guilty by association over a span of 12 years. Check out the series "Band of Brothers" where they come across the concentration camp yet no one in the neighboring village claimed to know a damn thing about what was going on even though the stench could be smelled for miles. You need to take some time and do some deep retrospection before trying to bullshit people with your stories.
It is entirely possible I'm bullshitting you, but it is my family history. And frankly, I would be careful mocking someone who might've gone through the things I did. Not because you'll be thrown into a holding cell or shot. It just makes you look like an ass.
And we wouldn't want anyone comparing you to a Democrat now would we?
I'm not mocking you at all. I'm entirely serious. Your claims are bullshit and I'm telling you and the IMGFLIP world that.
A German (not of Jewish descent) claiming to be a victim of German fascism is like an arsonist complaining about his 3rd degree burns. It's like Mike Lindell complaining about stores pulling his products.
You still didn't answer any of my questions or claims, just redirected the conversation, but it's not working. Don't try to pick a fight on my meme and then cry like a bitch.
""As someone who lived through Germany's fascism and experienced it directly" really means "I do remember the stories of my Mother and Uncle." You can stand by what you said but I call bullshit. In the first comment you purposefully misrepresented yourself. (You lied.) Typical for a liberal.
You're as bad as the clowns that, in 2021, want reparations for slavery.
PS - I made a typo - you'd have to be at least 85 if you were born in 1935
Except I don't want slavery reparations nor am I strictly for a gun ban; so I can't be a liberal.
Then again, I believe the 2020 election wasn't a fraud and that building a wall and investigating Hillary, Biden, and Obama are a complete waste of time.
My string of disagreements with you and calling bullshit on claiming Twitter and other Big Companies fascist just because they won't let people use their platforms to plan government coups doesn't make me a liberal.
If anything, your wild misinterpretation of the constitution makes you a liberal.