It’s coming. It’s going to be international and there will be no way to avoid it shy of abandoning the Internet and returning to the Stone Age. How many of us are really going to do that?
European Commission and IT Companies announce Code of Conduct on illegal online hate speech
“The Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (“the IT companies”) today unveil a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.”
Take the time to read it all for yourselves.
Everyone is or will be in on this. If you really think the Internet is bastion of unlimited free expression it’s past time to wake up about that.
I want to do my part, such as it is, to try and spread the word on this because I agree with the assessments of others: This is a big deal.
Make no mistake: What you read here will eventually be applied to the entire world to varying degrees. This is a template.
The most obvious question immediately arises: “Who and what defines ‘hate speech’?”
Their stated definition is exactly the kind of loaded, wordsmithing, legalese sophistry you would expect:
“Hate speech is defined by the Commission as something that “criminalises public incitement to violence or hatred against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.”
I don’t need to spell out for you all where that’s headed do I? If that isn’t a slippery slope I don’t know what is.
A sampling and overview:
Speaking of hate speech:
Watch the entire video for yourself.
How is corrupting young kids in overt hate like this work for everyone? Can we do something about this or is that ok when it’s directed Jews and Israel? Freedom of religion and freedom expression is a-ok there, right?
ISRAEL AND SUNNIS MAKING NICE?:
It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around this seeming warming of relations between the Saudis and other Sunni Arab states… think about it… with Israel. How does that work?
The Saudis must truly be desperate beyond imagining is all I can figure. The Bin Ladens and others like that who already consider the monarchy apostate and worthy of doom must really be thrilled about this. The monarchy’s days are truly numbered. I can’t see this going anywhere meaningful. Jordan is supposed to be the “Palestinian state” anyways.
Strange bedfellows. Just another day in the Middle East.