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Complaints over Internet xenophobia on the rise in Germany
by Manasi Gopalakrishnan
Complaints about Internet racism and child pornography have risen in Germany, a web watchdog has said. The report comes amid an upsurge of refugees in the country in 2015.
Voluntary Self-Monitoring of Multimedia Service Providers (FSM) said on Monday that they received a total of 5,448 complaints in 2015, registering a rise of 10 percent over 2014.
FSM received 139 complaints against racism in 2015 compared to 50 percent in the previous year. Right-wing web content witnessed an upsurge of nearly five percent, with 256 cases being reported in 2015. These included 55 cases of holocaust denial and the distribution of unconstitutional right-wing propaganda material, the group said in a press release.
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