The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world’s biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread of hate speech online.
[They] have committed to “quickly and efficiently” tackle illegal hate speech directed against anyone over issues of race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.
Sounds terrific. Only I bet that attacks on whiteness, males, Christians, suburbanites, rednecks, conservatives, non-PC people, “climate deniers”, etc. will be perfectly ok. Only attacks on PC people and their mascot groups will be outlawed.
The European Commission and the firms have also agreed to support civil society organizations to deliver “anti-hate campaigns.”
Oh great. We get to pay for and trudge through yet more PC propaganda.
Robert Spencer: Henceforth only far-Left and pro-jihad views will be allowed.
The problem … is that they assume that “hate speech” is an entity that can be identified objectively, when actually it is a subjective judgment based on one’s own political preconceptions.
And given the years-long insistence from Leftists and Islamic supremacists that any honest discussion of how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism constitutes “hate speech,” these new rules could mean the end of opposition to jihad terror on the Internet.
The selective enforcement is already happening:
Consider, for example, what Twitter does not consider to be “hate speech.” A Muslim named Obaid Karki … posted this … last Sunday: “Robert Spencer mustn’t [be] featured but lynched from his scrotum along with Zionists scumbags, Pamela Geller, Pat Condell, Daniel Pipes, Debbie Schlussel and JIHADWATCH Jackass duo Baron Bodissey & Geert Wilders for inspiring Anders Behring Breivik to [kill] innocent students in 2011.” …
Twitter supposedly has a policy against death threats. … I reported Karki’s tweet (which he republished on Twitter several times), and on Monday received this message from Twitter: “Thank you for letting us know about your issue. We’ve investigated the account and reported Tweets for violent threats and abusive behavior, and have found that it’s currently not violating the Twitter Rules.”
Doesn’t get much clearer than that.
This has happened before. … Calling for me to be lynched and shot in the head – that’s not “hate speech” as far as Twitter is concerned.
Meanwhile, the antipathy of both Twitter and Facebook to conservatives is well established. It’s therefore a very real question: will our social media masters use their new censorship initiative to shut down foes of jihad terror, while allowing jihadis and their sympathizers to speak freely?
This is a major step towards leftist tyranny:
If “hate speech” is removed from the Internet and eventually criminalized, the foremost protection against tyranny will have been removed, and free society effectively ended. If Facebook and Twitter continue kneecapping voices on the Right and allowing death threats to remain online if they’re directed against people the Left hates, Leftists will have gone a long way toward achieving what they’ve been working toward for a long time: the death of dissent, and the beginnings of an authoritarian society.
hat-tip Stephen Neil