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.
A report concluded that the police overlooked crimes committed by an “Asian” grooming gang for fear of being called racist. Members of the Greater Manchester Police were told to focus on apprehending offenders of “other ethnicities”.
Hedge funds, globally, are in a financial tail spin, and many have already blocked investors from withdrawing their money. True to form, the Federal Reserve is preparing to infuse these firms with super low-cost loans that will help to bail them out – at taxpayer expense, of course.
The Oregon-based youth advocacy group, Our Children’s Trust, filed the lawsuit in 2015 seeking an injunction ordering the government to implement a plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide emission.
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The BBC was caught editing out part of an interview in which an eyewitness says three female Muslim attackers shouted ‘Allah’ before stabbing a woman. Mainstream media is committed to the narrative that terrorism is not linked to Islam.
A German far-left Antifa group released a booklet on riot techniques to be used at the June conference for the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. The group recommends burning cars, attacking war memorials, and targeting political party offices for property destruction. Additional targets for the conference at the end June include police stations, army barracks, and even a city library.
A former professor at Evergreen State College was personally threatened last year, and said that the student uprising was not organic. It had begun one year prior when he stood up against a racial faculty hierarchy. He characterized it as a cult in which only the leaders understand what is happening, and they have constructed a fiction for the student followers who earnestly believe they are fighting to end racial oppression.