Freedom of speech online: Unclear on the concept

German public figure sues Wikipedia for use of Nazi symbols, then re-negs.

A German politician recently sued Wikipedia to have images related to the Third Reich removed from the site. Then she changed her mind and withdrew the complaint, after vehement disapproval by her own party. But she's still campaigning to have an Internet-wide agreement not to use or display "anti-Semitic, racist, sexist, and extreme right positions."

It's not just Wikipedia: Yahoo, YouTube, and eBay have all occasionally drawn criticism (and legal action) for providing information and documents from Nazi Germany.

Where should Web sites draw the line between documenting the truth and providing fuel for hate movements?

Read the full story on Ars Technica: "German politician sues, unsues Wikipedia over Nazi symbols"

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