As previously discussed, after Musk decided to buy Twitter, Hillary Clinton called upon European countries to force social media companies to censor Americans. The European Union quickly responded by threatening Musk and other executives. Now, Technology and Science Secretary Michelle Donelan has announced plans to jail social media executives if they fail to censor so-called “harmful” content on their websites. The government, of course, will determine what is deemed too harmful for citizens to see or hear.
Donelan is seeking speech arrests under the UK’s Online Safety Bill, a draconian censorship bill that would effectively ban end-to-end encryption for private internet users.
The bill uses Britain’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom to censor “all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify hatred” based on various progressive characteristics, including transgenderism. So the government can censor anyone who it views as promoting or justifying hatred against virtually any group. Those who do not censor can now be rounded up by Donelan and her minions.
According to a report by The Telegraph, companies will also face fines of up to 10 per cent of their global revenue should they dare to ignore Britain’s demands to preemptively delete or obscure posts violating its coming censorship regime.
The decline of free speech in the United Kingdom has long been a concern for free speech advocates. A man was convicted for sending a tweet while drunk referring to dead soldiers. Another was arrested for an anti-police t-shirt. Another was arrested for calling the Irish boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend a “leprechaun.” Yet another was arrested for singing “Kung Fu Fighting.” A teenager was arrested for protesting outside of a Scientology center with a sign calling the religion a “cult.”
Recently we discussed the arrest of a woman who was praying to herself near an abortion clinic. English courts have seen criminalized “toxic ideologies” as part of this crackdown on free speech.
Donelan is only the latest voice of a rising generation of censors. These officials proudly parade their intent to silence or jail those with dissenting views. Yet, they do so in the name of tolerance. This is why free speech is in a free fall in Europe and why we must remain vigilant in this country to resist figures like Clinton who want to bring European censorship to our shores.
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The British have a long history of crushing freedom of speech and all other natural rights in favor of government forcing its perversion and taxation upon the people. But when nations choose to forget God, that’s just the way it goes.
“So the government can censor anyone who it views as promoting or justifying hatred against virtually any group.”
No, let’s get this right. The USA government, after disastrously failing to get its own house in order, went down on hands and knees to beg the UK government to carry its water to censor speech because, after that weird 4th of July shooting by an artist with strange ideas and the clearer recent livestreamed shooting in order to prove that it’s far too easy to get guns in the USA, it’s becoming clear to anyone with two working braincells that the psy-ops efforts from politicians to divert political assassinations towards random mass shootings are beginning to fail, the next thing that’s coming are targeted political assassinations, and in order to attempt to prevent this, they went down on hands and knees to the UK government to censor hatred speech.
We can’t all get along.
And so, the day will come when tearing ourselves apart will replace the present futility of reasoning with souls too pathological or too imbecilic to be adequately remedied.
We had a good run.