Wiesbaden (dpa) - Hessen was the first federal state to set up a state reporting office for hate comments on the Internet.

Citizens have been able to report texts or photos that spread hate speech on the website www.hessen Gegenhetze.de since Thursday. The police and public prosecutor's office check the content for criminal law relevance.

Citizens in other countries have so far been able to report hate comments to police via online guards. In some places, these notices are brought together and then processed by specialized investigators and prosecutors.

In the fight against agitation and hatred, broad social support is needed, emphasized Hesse's Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU), who unlocked the platform. Justice Minister Eva-Kühne Hörmann and Interior Minister Peter Beuth (both CDU) emphasized that just after the murder of the government president of Kassel, Walter Lübcke, a stop sign should be placed against agitation online. Before and after the fact, users on the Internet - presumably from the right spectrum - had raged against the CDU politician who had been killed. Hessen sends a very important signal that the rules of the analog world also apply in the digital world.

Reporting portal against hate speech on the Internet