Over 100,000 Germans have flocked to join a group on Facebook, demanding the profile of right-wing extremist party NPD be taken down and deleted.
The group, called “Kein Facebook für Nazis – NPD Seite löschen!” (“No Facebook for Nazis – delete the NPD page!”) was started four days ago – member numbers have since been skyrocketing. By comparison, the Facebook profile of the NPD merely has 1,162 fans.
Facebook is currently being flooded with abuse reports stating the NPD profile is racist and inciting hate. However, the NPD profile itself does not include any unlawful or unruly content – the party may be stupid, but it is not downright daft.
Adhering to Facebook’s policy rules will protect the profile from being deleted, under the banner of free-speech. German Facebook competitor StudiVZ.de however has a different stance on right-wing user content. Any extremist content is forbidden, which includes NPD, Germany’s highly unsuccesful equivalent to Britain’s BNP.
The well-intended group calling for deletion will merely give its members a nice, warm feeling of doing a good thing and being involved in political action whilst not having to leave the armchair, couch or bed at the same time. However, Germans enjoy taking
an active stance against right-wing extremists in real life. The three nationalist parties NPD, Republikaner (Republicans) and Pro-NRW together only garnered 2.4 percent of votes during elections in the state of Northrhine-Westfalen.
By comparison, left-wing party “Die Linke” was voted into state parliament, receiving 5.6 percent of votes. However, 12.1 percent of voters elected the Green Party, making it the third largest party behind the Christian Democrats and Social Democrats. The Pirate Party managed 1.5 percent, or more than 190,000 votes – compared to a mere 1000 plus votes during the UK’s parliamentary elections.
Things are going well in Germany, which, as a consequence of having two totalitarian regimes on its soil in the last 60 years, has very alert activists reacting to decision-making which would threaten personal freedoms and individual rights – a Digital Economy Bill could not even be drafted in Germany.