The problem with having free speech taboos is that sooner or later you are forced to back them up with Draconian laws that stifle all speech. This process is now well underway in the increasingly dysfunctional German state where, on Friday (19th May), new censorship legislation passed its first reading in the German parliament.

The key point of the legislation is that creates heavy fines for social media companies that fail to remove anything the German government deems "hate speech." Experience shows that this would include some pretty mild stuff, such as revising minor historical details of WWII, mentioning that a girl was raped or beaten up, and alluding to the racial replacement of ethnic Germans by mass immigration. 

But even worse than that, the new law also cracks down on actually posting links to news stories on the internet. 

If the stories do not come from news sources "approved by the German government," they will be deemed "fake news" and therefore considered de facto "hate speech." 

That would mean that even posting a link to this story would therefore be illegal, with Facebook, Twitter, or whichever social media platform you use to spread it, being forced, under pain of massive fines, to take it down. 

We can only imagine what they will do to
people who create memes like this one.
The obvious calculation here is that those profit-oriented sites will not want to employ the resources to carefully monitor accounts and purge such content, but will simply ban anyone who posts "problematic" links. 

To get a picture of the future of free speech on social media in Merkel's Germany, just imagine that it is a Jew in Hitler's Germany.

Elsewhere in Europe, the drive to clamp down on freedom has even reached the UK, where another childless female leader, Prime Minister Theresa May, is overseeing yet another attempt to clamp down on free speech, in order to paper over the chasms in the multicultural mess. 

In a ludicrous turn of phrase that would not have looked out of place in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, her party's manifesto for next month's general election revealed plans to make Britain “a world leader in regulating the internet.”
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