The show’s creators, the satirist Peer Gahmert and the choreographer Tim Gerhards, usually collaborate on more-traditional theater projects “that no one visits and which no one wants to see,” as Gahmert put it in a recent interview.This time, their goal was to satirize Facebook’s cryptic regulations, which have made the company a target of vehement public criticism in a society historically suspicious of censorship in all forms.Virtually the entire script—including its eight musical numbers—is made up of phrases drawn from Facebook’s fine print.
The invocation of human dignity carries immense moral force, and parallels the language of the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Illegal speech in Germany, then, is speech that violates the human dignity of an individual or group.
Fittingly, the concept is repeatedly invoked in the regulations of the criminal code that govern the dissemination of illegal content.
According to German law, distributing material that documents “cruel or otherwise inhuman acts of violence” is illegal because it violates human dignity.
Harris Media, the Austin-based political consultancy that the Af D hired to increase its social-media presence, took advice from Facebook employees in Berlin before the election and developed digital ads targeting Germans whose social-media usage made them seem sympathetic to the Af D’s cause.
And despite Facebook’s assurances, a Pro Publica investigation found that political advertisements of dubious origin that targeted the Green Party were still disseminated on the network., or the “Network Enforcement Law,” colloquially referred to as the “Facebook Law,” allows the government to fine social-media platforms with more than 2 million registered users in Germany—a club that includes giants such as Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, and Reddit—up to 50 million euros for leaving “manifestly unlawful” posts up for more than 24 hours.Unlawful content is defined as anything that violates Germany’s Criminal Code, which bans incitement to hatred, incitement to crime, the spread of symbols belonging to unconstitutional groups, and more.But what makes content “manifestly” illegal is left up to human—or algorithmic—judgment. Apparently more than I ever thought, especially when it comes to online dating.According to the Daily Mail, your first name can either deter potential dates or make you as popular as Regina George in Researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin sent email messages containing only names, ages and zipcodes (no pictures) to 47,000 online dating members and found that certain names were much more likely to receive clicks than others.Instead, Article One of Germany’s postwar constitution instructs, “Human dignity shall be inviolable.” This notion “means you are not allowed to claim false things about me, because it hurts my dignity,” Beckedahl said.