This is a steady slide. Certain speech is to be celebrated. Other speech is to be crushed. Dissent to be extinguished. The state is who is in control.
“You think your social media will save you? You think you’ll be able to express your backward ideas in freedom, like a free person? You don’t even know that you are under our heel. Get in line and do as your betters command. We control the government. We control the universities. We control the press. We’re not about to let a bunch of knuckle draggers hung up on “freedom” get in our way. So go ahead and post your anti-EU comments and see how soon you are snuffed out. We’re in charge, not the people. Not you. And don’t you forget it peon.”
The European Commission has today announced a partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft in order to crack down on what it classes as “illegal hate speech” while “criminaliz[ing]” perpetrators and “promoting independent counter-narratives” that the European Union favours…
…The unelected, executive branch of the European Union (EU) released a “Code of Conduct” today that “includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe” developed “together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (‘the IT companies’)” who have “signed up”.
The commitments include “educat[ing] and rais[ing] awareness with their users” and building a “network” of “trusted reporters” to flag unwanted content. Facebook and Twitter are to provide “regular training to their staff on current societal developments” and work more closely with national governments and “their law enforcement agencies” to remove content the EU does not favor.
Most alarmingly, however, the platforms have also promised to engage in the active promotion of views and organisations the EU does favour, and the re-education of supposedly hateful users.