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Twitter suspends German politician's account for hate speech

Twitter suspends German politician's account for hate speech
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Twitter suspended the account of member of Germany’s parliament after she posted an inflammatory tweet about Muslims this week, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Beatrix von Storch, a member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, was temporarily suspended from the site after she blasted a police account that had posted a New Year's tweet in Arabic. CNN reported that she had lashed out at the account for appeasing "barbaric, gang-raping Muslim hordes of men."

Twitter told the outlet that the tweet violated its hate speech policies. Twitter also removed similar tweets posted by other AfD members, according to CNN.

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Germany started enforcing a new law on Monday that would subject social media companies to fines of up to $60 million if they do not remove posts containing hate speech within 24 hours of being flagged.

Von Storch said that Facebook had also “censored” a similar message she had posted on that site. Police in Cologne are reportedly investigating von Storch for hate speech after the tweet.