Germany passes a law criminalizing "online hate speech"


"Freedom of speech ends where the criminal law begins," said Justice Minister
Heiko Maas, who was the driving force behind the bill. Maas said
official figures showed the number of hate crimes in Germany increased
by over 300 percent in the last two years.

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have become a
battleground for angry debates about Germany's recent influx of more
than 1 million refugees, with authorities struggling


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