And if they do… the fine will be a whopping $13.5 million. For every offense.
Polish authorities cited Twitter’s ban of President Donald Trump as “a dangerous precedent.” Well, sure–if they can do it to the president of the United States, they can do it to anybody.
And how’s this for hypocrisy? In India, the Prime Minister threatened to ban Twitter unless they banned his critics! And so, of course, they did–500 of ’em.
This whole business of allowing “private corporations” to do things to people that government is not allowed to do–it’s fascism, and it has to stop. No more using banks and Big Tech to do the dirty work that Congress wouldn’t dare.
Once again, Poland is leading the way back to sanity. Hats off to Poland!
Here in America, once upon a time the land of the free, assorted bigwigs are talking about censoring any criticism, any doubts, any fears of the new COVID vaccine. No discussion allowed. And I got an email from some fellow American hoping the FBI would arrest me for holding political opinions not shared by the Democrat Party and Mark Zuckerberg.
I keep wondering how we got here. What do you suppose Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman, or Hubert Humphrey would have said if you’d asked him, “Hey, bro, should people be arrested for saying rude things about the government?” But today’s Democrats want to jail you for saying you don’t believe in Man-Made Climate Change.
How did this happen? How did we wind up with multitudes of Americans clamoring for more censorship, for punishment for unpopular opinions, for more and more restraints on speech? Our colleges and universities are pushing this like their lives depended on it (and maybe they do–suck up to the government, to keep those public moneys pouring in).
Okay, sure–many years ago, you weren’t allowed to be a communist. Boo-hoo, how Hollywood suffered. But if that was so bad, liberals, why in the world do you want to bring it back? After all those years of lamenting McCarthyism, you want to bring it back? You want to expand its definition? Everyone who’s not you is an Enemy Of The State?
They will not rest until they abolish freedom altogether.
CEO Tim Cook revealed Big Tech’s collusion against Parler, saying it was done because of “incitement concerns.” He didn’t bother to define “incitement.” It means anything they want it to mean. It means being out of step with Far Left Crazy.
“We don’t consider that free speech,” Cook said. Free speech is lib speech, no other kind.
So Parler barely got out of the starting gate before Big Tech shot it down. Too much free speech, don’t you know. We don’t want the proles questioning Mandates. “By Order of the Governor” means shut up and obey.
Our country has been conquered by an alliance between Big Tech and Dirty Politics.
What will happen when they find out they can’t trust each other?
For seventy years the Polish people twisted on the hook of communism, and they don’t have fond memories of totalitarian government. They have likened what’s being done in the United States just now to the actions of “fascists and Bolsheviks”–with both of whom they have had painful and horrifying experience.
And the European Union–no friend of Donald Trump, but they’ve been scared by what the Social Media have done to him–is pondering similar regulations to take Big Tech out of the thought control business. It has to be pretty bad, to trouble the EU.
Looks like any number of countries will be taking action to protect free speech–
–While we, the country that actually has a First Amendment to ensure freedom of speech… are letting the bad guys shut us down.
You may want to read the article linked to by Linda in the comments section: Wall High School, New Jersey, edited all references of President Donald Trump out of the school’s 2017 yearbook. No one took responsibility for this act of censorship, although the school principal denied having anything to do with it.
Incredible as it seems, there are still people out there who do not know that Leftism = No More Freedom. Unless they think it’s only other people’s freedom that’s going to disappear, never their own.
That’s what Zinoviev and Kamenev thought right up until the moment Stalin had them shot.
Here it is, only halfway through the morning, and I’ve already learned two new things!
One. There’s no such thing as organized pedophilia, or pedophile rings. Why, that’s just a cwazy wepublican conspiracy theory! And to say that President Trump is an intelligent man who’s trying to stop worldwide sex trafficking–well, that’s just crazy, too. Dammit! The social media shoulda started censoring all this stuff years ago, before it got so big. Maybe they were too busy trying to stamp out Climbit Change Denial.
Two. There is no “liberal fascism” anywhere, and certainly, certainly not in college! Our universities are temples of free speech. (Good grief–there are people who actually believe that?) They never, never, never punish students for taking a dissenting view of anything! And so what if some 90% of the teaching staff is left-wing? So is all the rest of America! Really! People just aren’t conservatives!
Long established as the most obnoxious pack of leftids in the Western Hemisphere, the Southern Poverty Lie–er, Law–Center passionately lusts for control over other people’s lives and thoughts. But that’s what leftists do.
France has a new law aimed at ridding the Internet of “hate speech.” The law makes search engines and social networks–again, mostly American-owned–responsible for removing any kind of “hate speech” that anyone in France posts on the Internet.
Private companies will have just 24 hours to delete “hateful” comments or video, and one hour to delete “terrorist content.” Failure to do so will be punished with extremely high fines.
So what is all this “hate speech”? It’s any speech “inciting or glorifying terrorism, hate, violence or racist or religious abuse.” The actual definition is, shall we say, murky.
So you’re French and you post something about, say, adultery being a sin–which of course it is–and some American company, say, Twitter, decides unilaterally that your comment is “hateful” and takes action against you. Can you appeal it? Lots of luck with that! And the fines are so high, private companies are going to have to develop quick trigger fingers–they won’t want to cough up 4% of their yearly earnings.
What if you say “Such-and-such is a false religion”? Richard Dawkins et al say that about Christianity every day. Will they be silenced? Dream on. What if you say “White people are to blame for everything that’s wrong, and they should be dealt with harshly”? American college professors say that every day. Will they be censored? Don’t hold your breath waiting for that.
But say a discouraging word about “transgender” wackos and see what happens. Only the Left’s Cherished Minorities actually get cherished. The rest of us are always fair game.
These American companies habitually censor conservatives while giving assorted leftids a total free pass. They won’t mind censoring French conservatives, too. And wherever “hate” gets morphed into “social justice,” there won’t be any censorship.
Despite their historical flirtation with “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” France has an awful lot to learn about free speech. They never have quite mastered it.
Sometimes, explains a Twitter executive, “when things get heated, you may say things you don’t mean.” Uh-huh. “We’re trying to encourage people to rethink their behavior.”
Who do these people think they are? Do they have any idea, any dim little ghost of an idea, what pompous self-important schmendricks they are? What little tinpot fascists they are? They’re gonna save us from ourselves, by cracky!
No! Go away! Out, damned spot!
We need saving from those pinheads who want to save us.
All over the world, governments are hunting down freedom and trying to push it into extinction. Free speech is the law of the land in America: but just see how long it survives if we ever get another Democrat president and senate. Heck, they’ve already killed it on our college campuses.