The German cabinet is backing a law to prohibit free speech on the Internet. Under the guise of preventing so-called fake news and hate speech, they have proposed fining social-media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, as much as $53 million if they fail to delete undesired content within 24 hours. The government will decide what is fake news or hate speech. The short deadline and the severe penalty will force providers to delete even mildly critical statements regarding government officials and their policies. –GEG
German leadership approved a plan Wednesday that fines social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter up to $53 million if they do not promptly remove hateful posts and take steps to reveal the identity of those responsible.
“The providers of social networks are responsible when their platforms are abused to spread hate criminality and criminal false news,” German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement Wednesday.
“There can be just as little space on social networks for criminal acts as on the street,” Maas argued, in defense of the high penalty.
The law would give social media sites 24 hours to delete or block obvious criminal content, and would give sites seven days for cases that may not be as obvious.
German officials have taken a deeper interest in concerns regarding hate speech and fake news afters watching the dramatic events in the 2016 United States Presidential Election. Germany is concerned that fake news could alter their own elections, set to take place this year.
The country has some of the strictest hate speech laws, including potential prison time for denying the Holocaust or inciting hatred against minorities.
Organizations representing digital companies and websites say that the government is rushing a law to parliament that could adversely effect free speech, according to Reuters.
This 4-minute video excerpt focuses on what Mr. Gates thinks the future will hold following the Covid-19 pandemic, which was underway at the time. Mr. Gates is an oligarch with the money and power to make things happen globally. What he sees for the future has a good chance of coming to pass.
Approximately one-third of the entire population of the globe now is under some sort of a lockdown order. A few are able to work at home, but the vast majority are forcibly unemployed. Many small businesses will not survive the folly of their leaders, and the number of homeless will drastically rise.
Projection for COVID-19 infections is about one one-thousands as severe as for the common flu. [1-billion infections of flu compared to approximately one-million infections of COVID-16.] In other words, the common flu is a thousand times more dangerous than COVID-19.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot threatened fines and arrest for people who defy her stay-at-home order. She said that outdoors is only for brief respite, not long long exposure. The mandate that carries a $500 fine, if violated once. Repeat offenders will be arrested. This is the face of martial law.
The web site for CovidActNow, that is being used by media, state governors, local leaders, and county judges as a reason to quarantine, says: “this [computer] model is designed to drive fast action, not predict the future.” [In other words, the predictions are propaganda, not science.]
Scientist and Imperial College author Neil Ferguson several weeks ago warned that the coronavirus would kill 500,000 people in the United Kingdom. He now says that, if all goes as expected, the death toll will be 20,000 people or fewer. Ferguson has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not expecting to die.
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow announced the total coronavirus relief package will come to around $6-trillion, with $2-trillion in “direct assistance” to Main Street and “roughly $4-trillion in Federal Reserve lending power” for Wall Street.
These experts’ concerns include: the fact that the destruction of the economy will cause more deaths than the coronavirus, there are no scientific standards for testing for the presence of the virus, most deaths are only in the elderly population, and more!
The mayor said that water and power would be turned off for nonessential businesses to force them to close. He called the businesses that have yet to close “irresponsible and selfish.” While small business owners are fighting for economic survival, the Mayor enjoys a handsome salary with no interruptions or reductions.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cut interest rates to zero, launched unlimited quantitative easing (money creation), has committed to buy $1-trillion in Treasury Bonds and mortgage-backed securities, and municipal bonds. All this adds up to a death warrant for the American economy.
India’s economy has come to a screeching halt as residents in 75 districts across the country, including in major cities, such as the capital New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore have been forced into mandatory quarantine by the government until March 31.
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed new rules that will censor the internet by punishing internet companies with fines and imprisonment if they fail to ‘protect’ users from so-called harmful content – which means content contrary to what the government approves.
Last month, an attack turned fatal as Walter Luebcke, 65, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s left-wing Christian Democrats, was shot in the head and killed at his home. He had reportedly received death threats due to his pro-migrant sentiments.