Von Storch's tweet-in response to a tweet from Cologne police that was in several languages, including Arabic-referenced the 2015 New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne, which were marred by disturbing mass sexual assaults against women, mostly by migrant men.
Fellow members of the populists party lamented what they called "censorship attempts" by the social media and the federal government, referring to a new law that came into effect in the new year, in an attempt to clamp down on online hate speech. The tweet did not obviously please the German MP who replied: "What the hell is happening in this country?"
"The Cologne police are tweeting New Year greetings in Arabic". "Did you mean to placate the barbaric, Muslim, gang-raping hordes of men?"
It's likely there will be an influx of cases like von Storch's now that Germany is enacting its new law. They must delete threats of violence, slander, and other hateful content within 24 hours of the complaint, or within a week if the issue is more legally tricky. However, von Storch took particular offense to the Arabic version. Police have also filed a complaint against von Storch for incitement, but it is unclear whether prosecutors will follow through with an official inquiry.
Alternative for Germany chief Alexander Gauland has taken aim at the new rules, saying that the regulations are "Stasi methods that remind me of communist East Germany".
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Defending her remarks, Storch's party said the removal of her comments was a form of censorship. Tech companies have criticized the German law for requiring them to make decisions they believe should be left to a judge. Reporters Without Borders said in July that the "Facebook law" would have a negative impact on press freedom.
In September 2017, it became the first far-right party since the Nazis to enter the German parliament, after picking up 12.6 percent of the vote, which equalled 94 seats.
A far-right German politician has been condemned for an anti-Arab and anti-Muslim Tweet, which briefly saw her suspended from the platform.
She has been equally vocal about eradicating Islam from Germany.
Critics of the party have said its rhetoric mimics that of the Nazis, despite the fact that Germany today has very strict laws controlling hate speech.