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In this case, Kirsty Hughes, chief executive of the Britain-based free speech advocacy group Index on Censorship, said Twitter’s decision was more about German laws prohibiting extreme right speech than the social media company’s policy.

“We would argue it is perfectly fair to ban speech that is direct incitement to violence, but not to ban speech that is just extreme and doesn’t incite violence,” she said.

“However many years after the second world war, the question is, is it still appropriate, and whether it was ever appropriate (in Germany) _ that’s the source of this decision today, rather than Twitter being where one should point the finger.”