In Germany, an elderly woman shared and liked an anti-migrant joke on Facebook, which lead to her getting fined 1,350 euros. Situations like this just make one appreciate being an American more and more.
The woman, identified as Jutta B. from Berlin, is 62-years old and after sharing an image on Facebook, she was arrested by police and her home was raided. There must not be enough for the police to do in Germany if they’ve taken to harassing old ladies for sharing things on Facebook.
Jutta said that she liked and shared the image online without reading it properly. She went on and said, “I like to pass on funny things.” Unfortunately for her, the prosecution did not believe her.
The image in question was captioned as saying, “Do you have anything against refugees?” to which replies included, “Yes, machine guns and hand grenades.”
The prosecution described her actions as “an utterance capable of inciting hatred and denigration of the human dignity of others.”
Since Jutta was fined, she has also been subject to a lot of harassment on Facebook, with people aggressively messaging her, calling her things like left-wing “anti-fascist.” She has even received some death threats.
From Heat Street:
German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost reported that the woman was fined 1,350 euros because the image included negative comments about the so-called refugees. Following her arrest and the fine, the social media network suspended the woman’s account. In court, Jutta said she shared and liked the image without properly reading it. “I like to pass on funny things,” she said. The prosecution didn’t accept the woman’s defense and described her online behavior as “an utterance capable of inciting hatred and denigration of the human dignity of others.”
The image, which was deemed offensive by the court, included answers such as “Yes, machine guns and hand grenades” and was shared by more than 500 people. One person who also shared the picture reported the elderly woman to the police.