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.“You are not allowed to tell anyone in public lies about me, or I can take you to court.”This concept of human dignity originated in West Germany’s 1949 constitution, which was heavily influenced by the occupying Allied nations; under the banner of human dignity, the constitution also explicitly bans or “incitement to hatred,” as well as any public endorsement and invocation of National Socialist ideas and symbols.
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.
Germans tend to view it as a phenomenon that drives people apart instead of bringing them “closer together,” as Facebook’s mission statement suggests, by facilitating the spread of hate speech, misinformation, and fake news.
Despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s win in the recent general election, experts’ assessments that fake news did not significantly affect its results, and Facebook’s chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg’s assurance that his company worked with federal authorities to safeguard the vote’s integrity, it nevertheless appeared that Facebook played a role in delivering to the far-right Alternative for Germany party the best performance of a far-right nationalist party since the Third Reich.
By the fall of that year, he was living in a Berlin refugee camp. Modamani, his short hair styled into gelled spikes, snapped a selfie with her; the image became emblematic of the chancellor’s welcoming posture toward Syrian refugees.
But after terrorist attacks in Brussels and Berlin in 2016, Modamani’s selfie began popping up on Facebook again, this time doctored to falsely label him as one of the perpetrators of both attacks.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.Apparently, the names Kevin, Justin and Mandy tend to be associated with "troublemaking" and, therefore, are less appealing to the opposite sex.(Side note: my favorite name when I was younger and playing pretend was Mandy—little did I know!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.