German coalition disagrees on future of Georg-Hans Maaßen, president of Germany’s domestic intelligence service

Photo of BfV President Dr. Hans-Georg Maaßen Photo credit: Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz

 

 

The head of Germany’s Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, or the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maaßen, has been in the news this week following comments he made about recent far-right demonstrations in Chemnitz. Maaßen publicly contradicted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s assessment that mobs in the city had chased down foreigners, suggesting instead that a video showing this had been fake.

We spoke to Handelsblatt Global’s Editor-in-Chief Andreas Kluth about whether calls for Maaßen’s resignation will be successful, and his opinion on a recent New York Times article that examined the role YouTube algorithms may have played in spreading misinformation about Chemnitz. Kluth says: “Because of these new algorithms of modern media and the social media, we are unable to agree on objective standards for truth and that opens the door for fake news.”

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