In the name of combating hate speech, violence, conspiracy theory, etc., Internet platforms are removing not just advocacy, but knowledge, in a wide-ranging effort that may help the companies create a more frictionless, commercially successful product, but will impede the past from chastening the present. If the aim is preventing the spread of hateful ideas, nothing could be more counter-productive that cleaning away the record of their real-world impact.
Twitter posts are “undermining Canada’s democracy,” said Canada’s Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault in a briefing note, who is urging regulation of hurtful comments for “a truly democratic debate.”
Cabinet on June 23 introduced Bill C-36 An Act To Amend The Criminal Code that threatens Facebook, Twitter and YouTube users suspected of posting content that promotes “detestation or vilification” with house arrest or $70,000 fines. The heritage department promised public consultation on the bill, according to Blacklock’s.
“This content steals and damages lives,” wrote staff. “It intimidates and obscures valuable voices, preventing a truly democratic debate.”
“Our objective is to ensure more accountability and transparency from online platforms while respecting the Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms,” said the June 16 briefing note Regulation Of Social Media Platforms. “The mandate of the Department of Canadian Heritage includes the promotion of a greater understanding of human rights.”
Related: Psaki on de-platforming American citizens: “You shouldn’t be banned from one platform and not others if you providing ‘misinformation’ out there.”
Take a look at people who think they are smart, where Jack Dorsey in the tradition of computer science entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg, also dropped out of college before receiving his degree. Apparently, these guys were all so involved in coding, they never bothered to listen in history class. I warned before, they may have thought they were the golden boys of the Democrats for taking down Trump. That kind of power in the hands of anyone outside of Washington is just NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Biden’s new executive order was signed on Friday before these fools could realize, that they are no longer needed. Biden signed a new executive order to crack down on Big Tech, under the name of capitalism to boost competition across the board. Biden signed this new executive order aimed at cracking down on anti-competitive practices in Big Tech, labor, and numerous other sectors. There are 72 actions and recommendations that involve a dozen federal agencies, that are intended to reshape the thinking around corporate consolidation and antitrust laws.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that federal law does not grant Facebook immunity against lawsuits for users who use its platform to lure minors into sex trafficking.
Three plaintiffs filed separate suits against Facebook alleging that they became victims of sex trafficking after meeting their abusers through Facebook or Instagram, which Facebook owns. In addition to several negligence claims, the plaintiffs asserted claims under a Texas statute that allows civil lawsuits “against those who intentionally or knowingly benefit from participation in a sex-trafficking venture.”
Facebook moved to dismiss all claims against it contending that they were barred by section 230 of the “Communications Decency Act,” which protects interactive computer service providers such as Facebook from being held liable for any information provided by its users.
However, the Texas Supreme Court denied Facebook’s motion saying that section 230 does not “create a lawless no-man’s-land on the Internet.” The court further explained that section 230 protects internet platforms from being held accountable for their users’ words or actions, but “[h]olding internet platforms accountable for their own misdeeds is quite another thing.” Thus, the court held that section 230 did not bar the plaintiffs’ statutory claims against Facebook.
Have a look at YouTube’s COVID-19 medical misinformation policy for a long list of what’s Verboten. Under the rubric of “misinformation” they are censoring actual information from actual doctors and scientists, and real studies a lot of which have been peer reviewed.
His free speech views faded when they became a threat, rather than a boon, to his bottom line. Now, rather than being seen the way he wants to be, as an open-minded entrepreneur and even a potential presidential candidate, Zuckerberg finally stands exposed as a leading member of the new techno-aristocracy manipulating the world and shaping our society to fit their own world view, while getting ever richer in the process.