June 01, 2016

Under new EU rules, Facebook and Twitter will “ban anything that's not written by a happy person” — but that's just the start

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft have just signed onto a new set of European Union regulations designed to censor politically incorrect speech on the internet.

But that's just the beginning.

Under this new plan, these companies are now going to tell you what and how to think, by "raising awareness" about what they deem appropriate -- whether you want to see it or not.

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commented 2016-06-02 16:30:06 -0400
Edward Jobin – I think we have to go back to old technology, like Morse code and Ham radios, and of course hand delivering hand outs to inform the unsuspecting public
commented 2016-06-02 00:51:55 -0400
Get troll accounts. Follow the Brussels mafioso’s accounts. Flag and report every single comment they make that can be remotely construed as a criticism against conservative Europeans or political systems, or anyone. Britain’s travel warning against Oklahoma, should count as hate speech.
commented 2016-06-02 00:00:39 -0400
I would also suggest any large scale protest by mass leaving sites like facebook could have an effect if we could pull off such an event. Despite their politics money is always the bottom line of these companies.
commented 2016-06-01 23:58:23 -0400
Now is the time to have a think tank on how to address such issues. One thought I had was about my childhood when my friends were playing a sporting event (baseball) when one of my friends didn’t like the call against him he walked off the field carrying his baseball leaving the rest of us unable to play. This was quickly remedied and the next time we came with more balls. If the left media wants to pack up it’s toys if we don’t play by their rules then we need to gets some balls and start our own search engine. I know this is no small or inexpensive undertaking and would require the assistance of conservatives world wide but on the positive side we have the likes of Kevin O’leary and his experience in our camp and Donald Trump. Even if O’leary has written some of us off as nutbar six’s his bottom line is making money. Again this may be a bit far fetched or grandiose but the prospect of an ever shrinking conservative platform is reason for consternation. Any other ideas are welcome and if my idea seems “out there” feel free to critique.
commented 2016-06-01 23:23:32 -0400
No doubt Trudeau with the advice of Omar Alghabra will go along with this. Thou shalt not say nasty things about muslims
commented 2016-06-01 20:37:54 -0400
These are obvious attempts at something much more menacing than it appears to be. This insidious movement will not stop until they completely destroy all non muslims, freedom and democracy. Or it will come to a sudden crashing halt when the truth about it is uncovered.
commented 2016-06-01 18:46:19 -0400
We only knew of the potentially adverse and pernicious effects these massive technologically based media programs could have on influencing minds and controlling the message. These overt and open steps now indicate we have entered the reality stage .Europe is obviously entrenched in a socialist technocracy. You cannot have democracy and liberty when you are being controlled by a few rich technocrats who believe they alone can manage the world.
Zuckerberg ,Gates really have god complexes. Having made billions , they now want to shape the world in their image. They could have made a stand for freedom of speech and expression. They didn’t
Can one imagine if the original telephone could have been designed to block words that Alexander Graham Bell found objectionable? What’s the difference?
commented 2016-06-01 17:55:07 -0400
Peter – they seem to have a monopoly. I wouldn’t want to target those who advertise with them, because then I’d be just like the left wing hosers. I’d rather use a competitor, but I don’t know one that is comparable to Microsoft.
commented 2016-06-01 17:24:48 -0400
Because they are private companies they can decide anything that is used in conjunction with their property, so they do have the legal right to decide what is hate speech. And we have the legal right not to use their product. But since they make multi billions taking them to court is not feasible but targeting the companies that pay for advertising in boycotts might be possible. However, that would be a daunting task as well. The easiest response is to stop using their product.
commented 2016-06-01 17:18:21 -0400
So these companies have the right to decide what is and isn’t hate speech? I don’t recall voting for any of them. This is a gross attack on freedom of speech. I don’t use FB or Twitter but I do use Microsoft. These dirty dogs will eventually be cornered by their own stupidity. I will not take moral lessons from traitors to humanity! Since I hear they can watch what you are writing, before it’s even posted, that is breach in privacy, as far as I’m concerned. We the people should start a class lawsuit against theses companies, and tie them up in court for years!
commented 2016-06-01 15:24:48 -0400
Funny how worked up people get about this schlock. Simple- don’t use it. Not like it’s necessary- except for The Selfie Prince. Company better off avoided.
commented 2016-06-01 12:29:32 -0400
“Is there anything we can do to stop it?” Yup! Somebody will start another version of Facebook and Twitter and whoever/whatever else has been intimidated to censor free speech. Let the “happy SJW people” bore themselves to death with their happy thoughts and platitudes. And since when did my dissenting opinions from others automatically become “racism and hatred?” I read somewhere these companies are doing this to appease the Chinese government so they will have unfettered access to a now unattained 1.3 billion person market. When the truth come out, Facebook, Twitter and others will crumble. A Conservative revolution will sweep through Europe soon enough. There’s already one sweeping through the United States and its name is Donald Trump…………………..
commented 2016-06-01 12:26:33 -0400
Troy, the only difference is that the tech companies rather than the government, as in China, is controlling the speech.

The only way I think to stop it is to not use the services offered by the companies. We certainly cannot force them by legal action because they are private companies able to impose whatever restrictions they choose.
commented 2016-06-01 12:09:20 -0400
This is essentially the same as what China is doing to control the internet. It is sad to think how quickly free speech is dying in the west. Is there anything we can do to stop it?
commented 2016-06-01 11:37:56 -0400
Censorship of the Internet for Western societies begins, if not through government legislation as has been tried by the US and Canada … and severely trounced upon by the public … but via the tech companies that control the majority of the popular social sites.

Time to find new social sites or not use them at all. I do not use my FaceBook account and I have no Twitter account so I am not affected.