Facebook, Twitter, and other companies have agreed to give the EU a censored internet.
Since people have become accustomed to rely on social media for news, a censored internet will prove a powerful tool for governments.
The unelected, executive branch of the European Union (EU) released a “Code of Conduct” today that “includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe” developed “together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (‘the ITcompanies’)” who have “signed up”.
The commitments include “educat[ing] and rais[ing] awareness with their users” and building a “network” of “trusted reporters” to flag unwanted content. Facebook and Twitter are to provide “regular training to their staff on current societal developments” and work more closely with national governments and “their law enforcement agencies” to remove content the EU does not favor.
Most alarmingly, however, the platforms have also promised to engage in the active promotion of views and organisations the EU does favour, and the re-education of supposedly hateful users.
Facebook and others must, “recogniz[e] the value of independent counter speech against hateful rhetoric and prejudice, aim to continue their work in identifying and promoting independent counter-narratives, new ideas and initiatives and supporting educational programs that encourage critical thinking.”
In other words, the tech companies have promised to serve the government in brainwashing Europe.
Soon, perhaps, it will be impossible to share on Facebook or Twitter stories like this one from the Mirror:
A group of migrants are accused of sexually assaulting women at a concert in Germany in a copycat of the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne.
At least 18 women were improperly touched, fondled and groped during the free festival in the city of Darmstadt over the weekend, police said.
The Darmstadt men also moved in groups to prey upon unwitting victims, police say.
All the complainants said they were “surrounded” by their tormentors before being “touched and fondled” improperly at the annual free Schlossgrabenfestes music festival.