View Full Version : Fascism via the internet

Osborne Russell
06-01-2016, 11:52 AM

An agreement on Tuesday by four major U.S. internet companies to block illegal hate speech from their services in Europe within 24 hours shows the tight corner the companies find themselves in as they face mounting pressure to monitor and control content.

An agreement, my foot. It's extortion, and it's fascist. The state brings the media under its control by threat, and calls it cooperation. That way the masses see state and media welded together for the common good. They become accustomed to it and finally dependent on it, and that much more of their liberty is forfeit to the "needs" of the industrial state.

Done by coordination between ministers and managers, no law involved, no hearings, no debates, no votes, no elections, no accountability. All operations in secret.

The EU deal effectively requires the internet companies to be the arbiters of what type of speech is legal in each country. It also threatens to complicate the distinction between what is actually illegal, and what is simply not allowed by the companies' terms of service - a far broader category.

"The commission's solution is to ask the companies to do the jobs of the authorities," said Estelle Masse, policy lead in Europe for Access Now, a digital rights advocacy group that did not endorse the final EU agreement.

Masse said that once companies agree to take quick action on any content that is reported to them, they will inevitably review it not only for legal violations but also terms of service violations.

"The code of conduct puts terms of service above national law," she said.

And then there are the free-lance informers.

The agreement also expands the role of civil society organizations such as SOS Racisme in France and the Community Security Trust in the UK in reporting hate speech. While governments can make formal legal requests to the companies for removal of illegal content, a more common mechanism is to use the reporting tools that the services provide for anyone to "flag" content for review.

None of the companies would provide any detail on how many such organizations they work with or who they are.

American "liberals" join the assault with characteristic technology-worshipping smarm :

"A lot of people in the U.S. think a good solution to bad speech is more good speech…. We don’t have much evidence or data to support that idea,” said Susan Benesch of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, who founded the Dangerous Speech Project, which aims to combat inflammatory speech while preserving freedom of expression.

The challenge for tech companies, Benesch said, is determining where the line is for offensive material. Could a news report on U.S. drone policy, for example, be used as a terrorist recruiting tool? If so, should it be downplayed on social networks?

“There’s content, like an academic article, that isn’t produced with hateful intent, but may have the same negative impact as hate speech,” Benesch said.


That last is both ominous and comic. Comic, because she's thinking of the opportunities to destroy her rivals in academe. Oh happy day.

Ominous because of the premise that this isn't reforming the internet, this is reforming humanity by censoring their speech, or short of that, securing the state by punishing "hateful intent".

This stuff is like, all "Mommy" now. The tramp of boots and the knock at the door to follow.

Don't worry, the newspapers will expose this. What? No newspapers ?!? But . . . but . . .

06-01-2016, 12:11 PM

There's a great day a'comin'.

Peerie Maa
06-01-2016, 01:11 PM
Is it only USA citizens who demand the right to be total aerosols?

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- 40% of 7 to11 year old respondents know someone who has been cyberbullied (3).

- 7 in 10 young people aged between 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyberbullying (9).

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