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The plot thickens on Paul Engelhard’s ban from the bird site. A bunch of my friends who have access to the head honchos of Twitter approached them about it, not even they could fix it. Apparently this is a German Twitter hate speech issue. Now I have to compose a tweet in German and @ German Twitter...which is my least favorite thing to do. My German isn’t that great anymore. Plus, I have to address German hate speech laws. Sigh.

@Lexialex So him decrying Nazis somehow ran afoul of German laws designed to prevent Nazism's re-emergence? I'm guessing he shared a photo or something with banned iconography?

@Agentfoo no photo. He was mass reported by right wing Germans.

@Lexialex @Agentfoo That seems to happen a lot on Birdsite. They're slow learners, but the far right have eventually figured out how to mobilize on that platform. I think they'll have a lot more trouble in the fediverse, and be more easily contained to their own echo chamber.
@Agentfoo @Lexialex On Twitter because it's centralized there are no instances which can be blocked, and trying to block individual accounts is a losing game. A possibly controversial opinion is that I think whoever is running Birdsite is sympathetic towards the far right anyway, and giving them a particularly easy time.
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@bob @Agentfoo hasn’t that been proven? I thought i read an article on this

@Lexialex @Agentfoo I havn't read anything about it in detail. It's just a hunch based on what I've seen over the last couple of years.
@Lexialex @Agentfoo That's on a similar theme to what I was blogging about yesterday - that if the alt-right get enough influence within Google then that could be a really major threat, given the amount of personal data they have.