Facebook's German headquarters attacked and defaced

By midian182 ยท 6 replies
Dec 14, 2015
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  1. Police are searching for over a dozen people who damaged Facebook’s German headquarters in the northern city of Hamburg. The unidentified gang smashed windows, threw paint and sprayed “Facebook dislike” on a wall, police said yesterday.

    Reports state that between 15 – 20 individuals wearing black clothes, masks, and hoods carried out the attack at about 21:00 local time Saturday. An investigation has been launched to find those responsible. A spokesman for Facebook said that no one was injured and that he could not immediately comment on the possible motive behind the attack.

    Last month, Germany launched an investigation into Facebook’s alleged failure to remove “hate speech” from the site. A growing number of racist posts have appeared on the platform recently, many of which are anti-foreigner comments directed at the high number of refugees entering the country.

    The prosecution in the case said that the failure to remove the comments could be attributed to Martin Ott, managing director for northern, central and eastern Europe of Facebook. "[W]e can say that the allegations lack merit and there has been no violation of German law by Facebook or its employees," a Facebook representative says.

    On the leftist Internet page Linksunten, anonymous authors said they had attacked the building to protest against Facebook's overpowering presence online, according to AP.

    Last week, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company will fight to protect Muslim rights on the social network and clamp down on racist comments. While many have applauded the CEO’s actions, there are those who see them as an attack on free speech.

    Facebook has a partnership with a group called FSM, which monitors multimedia service providers on a voluntary basis, and has said it would encourage its users to push back against racism, reports Reuters.

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  2. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Addict Posts: 155   +59

    Well I am shocked it has taken this long for them to be defaced. I mean I always expected some kind of group like Anonymous to take out people like this, but I guess like the government, when they need info on someone they are after they use it as the go to resource as well.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    These boneheads will probably get caught once they start bragging about their 'achievement' on FB no less and tweeting about it to their buddies. People who perpetrate crimes such as this aren't usually very bright, they're just common street vandals. I strongly doubt it was politically motivated, it was just an act of vandalism. If it was politically motivated, they would've blown the building to smithereens instead.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,738   +3,757

    Good for them. If they're going to be censored for opposing the demographic replacement of their people, might as well get physical with it.

    Zuck & friends seem to think you can shut up a disgruntled population by controlling internet communications. Not so.
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  5. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 253   +70

    Serves them right!
  6. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TS Maniac Posts: 244   +177

    Yeah, you know what the world needs more of? Disgruntled *****s turning to violence because people aren't paying attention to their ideologies.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,738   +3,757

    It must. After all, Euro governments are doing their absolute best to alienate and harm their native populations. I had no idea there was such demand for civil violence!

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