Twitter has blocked access to a neo-Nazi account in Germany at the request of the government in the first test of a new censorship policy, according to the BBC. The micro-blogging platform left the tweets of the account visible to the rest of the world.
â€œWe announced the ability to withhold content back in January,â€ Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray said on his Twitter account. â€œWe’re using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany.â€
The social networking website received via fax a complaint from the Hannover Police at the end of September. â€œI ask you to close this account immediately and not to open any substitute accounts for the organisation Besseres Hannover,â€ the Head of Police Administrative Department in Hannover wrote.
He said the government has already banned the right-wing extremist group from Lower Saxony. â€œIt is disbanded, its assets are seized and all its accounts in social networks have to be closed immediately,â€ the letter read.
â€œWe donâ€™t care,â€ tweeted the organizationâ€™s representatives when declared illegal by the government. â€œThe Federal Republic of Germany is when one is awakening from his sleep and wakes up in the Democratic Republic.â€
Their â€œnational information portal from Hanoverâ€ account is still visible on Twitter with the handle @hannoverticker, but hasnâ€™t been updated since the end of September.
German prosecutors have started an investigation against 20 members of the extremist group on charges of inciting racial hatred and creating a criminal organization.