Politics European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech

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    "The European Union (EU), in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, has unveiled a "code of conduct" to combat the spread of "illegal hate speech" online in Europe.

    Proponents of the initiative argue that in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, a crackdown on "hate speech" is necessary to counter jihadist propaganda online.

    Opponents counter that the initiative amounts to an assault on free speech in Europe. They say that the EU's definition of "hate speech" and "incitement to violence" is so vague that it could include virtually anything deemed politically incorrect by European authorities, including criticism of mass migration, Islam or even the European Union itself.

    Some Members of the European Parliament have characterized the EU's code of online conduct — which requires "offensive" material to be removed from the Internet within 24 hours, and replaced with "counter-narratives" — as "Orwellian."

    The "code of conduct" was announced on May 31 in a statement by the European Commission, the unelected administrative arm of the European Union. A summary of the initiative follows:


    "By signing this code of conduct, the IT companies commit to continuing their efforts to tackle illegal hate speech online. This will include the continued development of internal procedures and staff training to guarantee that they review the majority of valid notifications for removal of illegal hate speech in less than 24 hours and remove or disable access to such content, if necessary.


    "The IT companies will also endeavor to strengthen their ongoing partnerships with civil society organisations who will help flag content that promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct. The IT companies and the European Commission also aim to continue their work in identifying and promoting independent counter-narratives [emphasis added], new ideas and initiatives, and supporting educational programs that encourage critical thinking."

    Excerpts of the "code of conduct" include:

    "The IT Companies share the European Commission's and EU Member States' commitment to tackle illegal hate speech online. Illegal hate speech, as defined by the Framework Decision 2008/913/JHA of 28 November 2008 on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law and national laws transposing it, means all conduct publicly inciting to violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin....

    "The IT Companies support the European Commission and EU Member States in the effort to respond to the challenge of ensuring that online platforms do not offer opportunities for illegal online hate speech to spread virally. The spread of illegal hate speech online not only negatively affects the groups or individuals that it targets, it also negatively impacts those who speak out for freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination in our open societies and has a chilling effect on the democratic discourse on online platforms.

    "While the effective application of provisions criminalizing hate speech is dependent on a robust system of enforcement of criminal law sanctions against the individual perpetrators of hate speech, this work must be complemented with actions geared at ensuring that illegal hate speech online is expeditiously acted upon by online intermediaries and social media platforms, upon receipt of a valid notification, in an appropriate time-frame. To be considered valid in this respect, a notification should not be insufficiently precise or inadequately substantiated.

    "The IT Companies, taking the lead on countering the spread of illegal hate speech online, have agreed with the European Commission on a code of conduct setting the following public commitments:

    • "The IT Companies to have in place clear and effective processes to review notifications regarding illegal hate speech on their services so they can remove or disable access to such content. The IT companies to have in place Rules or Community Guidelines clarifying that they prohibit the promotion of incitement to violence and hateful conduct.
    • "The IT Companies to review the majority of valid notifications for removal of illegal hate speech in less than 24 hours and remove or disable access to such content, if necessary.
    • "The IT Companies and the European Commission, recognising the value of independent counter speech against hateful rhetoric and prejudice, aim to continue their work in identifying and promoting independent counter-narratives, new ideas and initiatives and supporting educational programs that encourage critical thinking."
    The agreement also requires Internet companies to establish a network of "trusted reporters" in all 28 EU member states to flag online content that "promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct."


    Read more:
    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8189/social-media-censorship


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    I hope they ban the T word
     
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    "Dutch cops monitor anti-refugee protest calls on social media, ask to delete post"

     
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    Just because you're low in it?
     
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    "Now one of the most sinister stories of the past year was hardly even reported. In September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook at a UN development summit in New York. As they sat down, Chancellor Merkel's microphone, still on, recorded Merkel asking Zuckerberg what could be done to stop anti-immigration postings being written on Facebook. She asked if it was something he was working on, and he assured her it was.

    At the time, perhaps the most revealing aspect of this exchange was that the German Chancellor -- at the very moment that her country was going through one of the most significant events in its post-war history -- should have been spending any time worrying about how to stop public dislike of her policies being vented on social media. But now it appears that the discussion yielded consequential results.

    Last month, Facebook launched what it called an "Initiative for civil courage online," the aim of which, it claims, is to remove "hate speech" from Facebook -- specifically by removing comments that "promote xenophobia." Facebook is working with a unit of the publisher Bertelsmann, which aims to identify and then erase "racist" posts from the site. The work is intended particularly to focus on Facebook users in Germany. At the launch of the new initiative, Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, explained that, "Hate speech has no place in our society -- not even on the internet." She went to say that, "Facebook is not a place for the dissemination of hate speech or incitement to violence." Of course, Facebook can do what it likes on its own website. What is troubling is what this organization of effort and muddled thinking reveals about what is going on in Europe."


    http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7371/facebook-freedom-of-speech


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    "FRANKFURT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Facebook has hired a Bertelsmann business services unit to monitor and delete racist posts in Germany following widespread public criticism of the company for failing to do enough to halt hate speech, a spokeswoman said in Friday.

    "Through this investment, Facebook wants to make sure that reports about content that may violate our community standards can be dealt with even more effectively," a Facebook spokeswoman said.

    Facebook ground rules restrict bullying, harassment and threatening language but critics say the company does not do enough to enforce its stated procedures.

    German weekly Der Spiegel first reported on Friday that the Bertelsmann unit Arvato has hired at least 100 people to monitor hate speech on behalf of Facebook. Facebook also employs some of its own staff to combat the issue.

    Arvato, which provides digital, financial and customer relation outsourcing services to companies, declined to comment. The Bertelsmann unit had revenue of 4.66 billion euros ($5.08 billion) and had 70,000 employees worldwide in 2014.

    In November, prosecutors in Hamburg launched an investigation into the social media platform for violating the country's tough laws against promoting hate speech.

    Top German politicians and celebrities have voiced concern about the rise of anti-foreigner comments on Facebook and other social media as the country struggles to cope with a tide of new migrants that amounted to 1.1 million last year alone.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Facebook to do more, and the Justice Ministry set up a task force with Facebook and other social networks and internet service providers with the aim of identifying criminal posts more quickly and taking them down."


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/re...urces-fight-against-racist-posts-Germany.html
     
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    "Free Speech Crackdown: YouTubers Concerned By Site’s New Harassment Policy


    Dozens of YouTubers have released videos protesting YouTube’s new harassment policy changes, claiming the move to be the start of a crackdown on freedom of speech.

    The site’s new broadened definition of harassment, an infraction that can be punished with accounts being suspended, includes “Deliberately posting content in order to humiliate someone” and “Making hurtful and negative comments/videos about another person”, potentially threatening many YouTube accounts that create parodies, criticism, and reaction videos.

    “We want you to use YouTube without fear of being subjected to malicious harassment. In cases where harassment crosses the line into a malicious attack, it can be reported and the content will be removed. In other cases, users may be mildly annoying or petty and should simply be ignored” announced YouTube in their change, however many accounts have not reacted lightly.

    “Many users are saying well is there a department, is there a specific person that is deciding what is hate speech and what is not?” said popular YouTube star Philip DeFranco, who has over 4 million subscribers in his new skeptical video.

    “Is this just meant to stop the sixteen year-old in high school who makes a whole video called ‘Stephany is a slut’, where you’re just shouting hate speech and obviously harassing, or will that also then extend to other people criticizing other YouTubers, celebrities, politicians, whoever… This terms of service change feels very much like a wildcard, and it makes me nervous because if they start enforcing this too liberally, what does that mean for censorship here on YouTube? Because that’s essentially what this could become”.

    “What about the morons who think that when I criticize the ideology of Islam, that I’m somehow attacking individual people when I’m not?” asked popular YouTuber MrRepzion, who has nearly 500 thousand followers and frequently criticizes different people and ideologies, including Islam and feminism. “Could they not just mass-flag my video and get it removed for ‘hate on people’ when it has nothing to do with people, it has to do with the belief system?”

    “Sometimes, criticism and insults can escalate into more serious forms of harassment and cyberbullying. If specific threats are made against you and you feel unsafe, tell a trusted adult and report it to your local law enforcement agency” concludes the harassment policy page, disregarding the fact that the majority of popular YouTubers are adults themselves.

    Numerous other YouTube channels have also made videos attacking the new terms of service update, with very few defending it, however YouTube has yet to address the concerns that many of its largest users have put forward."

    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/...tubers-concerned-sites-new-harassment-policy/
     
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    I strongly recommend that OP move to Europe so that he can be closer to the away he obsesses over.

    This is the United States, not Europe. The world is not bound to live by our constitution.
     
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    #1 I live in Europe.
    #2 I'm not obsessing. You have to raise awareness now.


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    Oh, no wonder you're such a bitch. Now it all makes sense.
     
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    I'm offended but don't want to offend anyone so I'm not saying anything.
     
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    Remember when Google's motto was "don't be evil."

    Now Google is literally censoring speech and reporting those who make political statements to law enforcement.
     
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    1. The "Holocaust" is vastly exaggerated
    2. Israel is an apartheid state
    3. BDS is an excellent idea
    4. The Federal Reserve is a private central bank inexplicably run by Jews which has wildly inflated the US dollar over the past 112 years
    5. Jews did 9/11

    Offensive enough? I'm just in a mellow mood today... feeling groovy...
     
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    Agree with everything except 5. The House of Saud did 9/11 and we made a mistake invading Iraq instead of Saudi Arabia, flattening Mecca and hanging King Abudullah and every half-wit goatfucking Saudi Prince in the public square.
     
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    youtube and facebook although kings of the internet right now are not the only services. cant we say fuck them start our own video site, use different social media sites. let facebook censor ill go to myspace.
    this is very scary this is trying to control speech and thereby control thought.

    Why is the EU so intent on taking in so many refugees? what is thier motive? i am not sure what the end goal is here.
     
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    They are taking in refugees because these people are desperate to flee a brutal civil war in Syria.
     
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    When is Syria going to get better and how?
     
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    You are asking a hundred year old question.