It was the ultimate plan nurtured by opponents of free speech, in particular the governments of France and Germany, and the bureaucrats who effectively run the EU, to control the content we could see on the web. Collaboration with Facebook failed because Facebook users are more interested in dying donkeys and piano playing cats than news, collaboration with Google failed because all we had to do to see the’verboten’ content was use another search engine.
But controlling what is uploaded to the web seemed like the perfect way to stop members of the public seeing content that questions the official narrative.
The EU has beeen considering a copyright proposal that would require code-sharing platforms to monitor all content that users upload for potential copyright infringement (see the EU Commission’s proposed Article 13 of the Copyright Directive). The proposal was originally aimed at music and videos on streaming platforms, based on a theory of a “value gap” between the profits those platforms make from uploaded works and what copyright holders of some uploaded works receive. as such it was well intentioned. However, the way the proposed rules were written would enable it to capture many other types of content including news and opinion.
Upload filters (“censorship machines”) are one of the most controversial elements of the copyright proposal, raising a number of concerns, including:
- Privacy: Upload filters are a form of surveillance, effectively a “general monitoring obligation” prohibited by EU law
- Free speech: Requiring platforms to monitor content contradicts intermediary liability protections in EU law and creates incentives to remove content
- Ineffectiveness: Content detection tools are flawed (generate false positives, don’t fit all kinds of content) and overly burdensome, especially for small and medium-sized businesses that might not be able to afford them or the resulting litigation
The EU Parliament continues to introduce new proposals for Article 13 but these issues remain. In the embedded video Members of The European Parliament explain why they plan to reject the proposal.
The Right To Tell Politicians To Eff Off In An Age Of Self Appointed Censors, and Compliant Media
Our right of free speech is increasingly under attack from control freak politicians, politically correct left wing activists and the dark forces of corporatism.
Facebook begins Europe-wide censorship campaign against free speech.
Facebook Inc (FB.O) has commenced the Europe-wide censoring of posts and comments the ruling elite do not like, thus making good the promise given to Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel by the social media and data theft site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Google, Facebook and Twitter Yield to German Govt Demand to Censor Anti-Migrant ‘Hate Speech’ (aka Free Speech)
Over the past couple of days we, and many other New Media outlets reported the horrific incident in Cologne, Germany at New Year, in which a crowd on male, recently arrived immigrants, all of Arab or North African appearance according to witnesses carried out a mass attack on German women who were simply trying to use the railway station.
Sharia Law in Germany: Christian activist Heidi Mund charged with “agitation against the people”
Germany is sliding towards fascism as Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel outlaws free speech for Christians. All criticism of Islam and discussion of Muslim crimes is hate speech it seems, but the ranting of Islamic hate preachers as they call on Muslims to kill all infidels is acceptable rhetoric.
Academics Warn Politically Correct Universities ‘Are Killing Free Speech’
Free speech is under attack from politicians and minority rights activists, but when universities start censoring ideas, society is in trouble. So what is going on when speakers who have challenged the politically correct consensus are denied a platform to speak on unrelated topics.
Democracy Murdered In France
I’m hearing very disturbing news from the French regional elections, predicting that the Front National, comfortable winners in last week’s first round of regional elections, hasve been routed in all regions. For that to happen, and to happen through a massive increase in turnout, suggests electoral fraud on a hughe scale. Or has France joined Britain in adopting the Islamic version of democracy, which is one man one vote, one Imam one thousand votes.
The Self Righteous Minority That Threaten Free Speech
In the past five decades the freedoms cherished in universities in democratic societies has increasingly come under attack from those who style themselves ‘The Left’. This of itself is bizarre because left wing thinking ought to be about freedom of the individual, self determination and personal development. People died for the right to speak freely, just as they did for the right of every citizen to vote in democratic elections. So where did it all start to go wrong?
Internet being ghettoized by government an corporate media, Matt Druge warns
The very foundation of the free Internet is under severe threat from copyright laws that could ban independent media outlets, according to Matt Drudge. “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said [Matt] Drudge, warning web users that they were being pushed “pawn-like” into the cyber “ghettos” of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Free Speech And The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Book Burners
The news that students and administrators at a Connecticut, USA, university are ‘boycotting’ the Wesleyan Argus student newspaper for publishing an op-ed that was mildly critical of some aspects of the anti-police-brutality group Black Lives Matter (BLM). Their petition reads: ‘This boycott includes recycling the Argus and demanding [its] funds… be revoked.’