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Nov 25 '16 13:08

A Connexxion bus driver in Amstelveen told a family of color to get off the bus to make room for "real Dutch people" on Thursday, a man who was on the bus wrote on Twitter, according to RTV Amstelveen.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Amstelveen bus station. The tweets led to outrage online and were eventually removed.

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Nov 23 '16 08:36

A 37-year-old man from Kudelstaart was arrested on suspicion of making and posting a threatening video online about politician Sylvana Simons. The man turned himself in at a police station on Tuesday and he is being questioned, the Amsterdam police announced.

In the video Simons, who is a candidate parliamentarian for new party DENK, is portrayed as the victim of a racist lynching. Her face was photoshopped onto the bodies of lynched black Americans. 

Nov 18 '16 09:52

The municipality of Geleen approved a protest against blackface Zwarte Piet at the Sinterklaas party in the center of the city on Saturday. This follows a meeting with the initiators of the protest on Thursday, 1Limburg reports.

The activists plan a silent protest at Sinterklaas' arrival in the city on Saturday. They hope to stand close to the Saint's podium. A spokesperson for the municipality told L1 that a spot has been designated for the protesters, but the location will not be announced yet. According to the spokesperson, it is a small group of protesters.

Oct 20 '16 10:10

A 15-year-old boy from Eindhoven was arrested on suspicion of sedition through social media. Using the name "Coco the Clown" he called people on Instagram to gather at a shopping center in Woensel

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Sep 23 '16 11:45

While the Public Prosecutor promises to carefully examine and assess "all charges of discrimination" in its own guidelines, the reality is that about three-quarters of such charges don't even make it to the Public Prosecutor, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own investigation.

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Jul 15 '16 10:06

A 44-year-old man from Kampen was sentenced to 30 days in prison, half of which conditionally suspended, for insulting King Willem-Alexander. The court found the man guilty of deliberately insulting the head of state

Jun 24 '16 15:15

A majority in Dutch parliament is calling for measures to be taken against Instagram account Straathyena's (Street Hyenas) on which videos of mostly young people wantonly destroying everything they can get their hands on are shown

May 31 '16 15:30

Sylvana Simons is pressing charges against "the deluge of racist, sexist and discriminatory comments" directed at her after she joined political party DENK, she said in a statement the party released on Tuesday. By pressing charges, she wants to make clear that something "demonstrably wrong may never go unpunished" and that "fighting injustice begins with reporting it".

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May 3 '16 10:57

Prime Minster Mark Rutte spoke to Ebru Umar about security for her when she returns to the Netherlands, the Turkish-Dutch journalist said to NRC. According to Umar, she and the Prime Minister are both concerned about her safety, especially after the break in at her home in Amsterdam last week.

Mar 4 '16 08:54

Facebook and revenge porn victim Chantal from Werkendam reached a settlement regarding which investigators Facebook will allow access to their systems. This means that the court will not have to rule on the matter on Friday, both Facebook and crime reporter Peter R. de Vries announced on Thursday.

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Feb 26 '16 11:09

Fokke de Jong, owner of Amsterdam fashion chain SuitSupply, received death threats over the company's latest ad campaign, he told local broadcaster AT5. The new ad posters show a bare-chested woman with two men sliding down her body.

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Feb 11 '16 08:19

Police officers are allowed to pay a visit to people who protest against the arrival of asylum seekers in "an abnormal manner" on social media, Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said to the lower house of Dutch parliament on Wednesday

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Feb 9 '16 14:00

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Employment decided to address the people sending him antisemitic, racist and insulting comments on social media. In a long Facebook post he answered several of them by name.

Feb 2 '16 09:25

The police arrested six teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 years old in Dordrecht on Friday on suspicion of spreading child pornography. The six teenagers are also suspected of threats, violent robbery and abuse, the police announced on Facebook.

Jan 28 '16 08:22

Numerous members of the Hilversum city council received threats because they support taking in asylum seekers in the municipality, including Hilversum Mayor Pieter Broertjes

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Jan 25 '16 15:00

The popularity of social media is still growing in the Netherlands, though Dutch users are making less and less use of Twitter. Young people in particular are using Twitter less, instead opting for Snap Chat and Instagram. Both these platform showed a big increase in Dutch users this year, according to an annual report by research form Newcom.

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Nov 25 '15 08:31

A Twente woman received hundreds of threats and insults on social media after pointing out to a Hema store in Nijverdal that they were using the traditional Zwarte Piet, instead of the Chimney Pieten the chain decided on. Some of the responses to her Twitter post include wishes that she is raped, suggestions that she jump in front of a train and hopes that she disappears through the chimney of a crematorium.

Nov 20 '15 08:17

Seventeen percent of teenagers in the Netherlands think that they are addicted to social media. Almost half of the teens between the ages of 12 and 18 years indicate that social media has a negative effect on their concentration, sleep and school performance.

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Oct 28 '15 16:20

Police have confirmed that the poisonous Zwarte Piet candy being handed out is in fact a hoax. The story was spread on social media with a picture that seems to be of the police website. This photo was manipulated to look like the police site's home screen, according to the police.

Sep 10 '15 09:57

Minister Lodewijk Asscher of Social Affairs is organization an expert meeting in October to find ways to counter discrimination on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

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Aug 17 '15 10:39

Cyber bullying is still a big problem in the Netherlands. Nearly 8 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 25 years old were affected by cyber bullying last year. Two thirds of these young people know the person bullying them.

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Jul 24 '15 10:15

The police arrested another five suspects this week in connection with the riots in Schilderswijk, The Hague after the death of Aruban man Mitch Henriquez late last month.

Jul 7 '15 12:23

A Schilderswijk cop is being threatened after falsely being named the man the one responsible for Mitch Henriquez' death. Marius Blok told his story on the police website.

Jun 18 '15 17:14

80 percent of Dutch people aged above 13 possess a smartphone and 65 percent own a tablet, according to research by GfK. Among younger individuals, the share of smartphone owners reaches 96 percent. The penetration level of tablets is now higher than that of PCs owned by 60% of the Dutch.

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