Germany Threatens Facebook: Censor 'Hate Speech' or Face $50 Million Fine...
Facebook likes free speech about as much as college diversity councils like white dudes. The two get along like Tess Holliday and Gisele. Or any angry feminist with any pretty woman. Sorry, digression. It wasn't long ago that Facebook and anti-freedom Germany buddied up to obliterate all things "hate speech." But apparently Facebook failed to impress Germany. Not enough censorship. Yep, Facebook didn't meet the standard put forth by their sauerkraut-pounding comrades. Now they must pay the price...
The German cabinet has backed proposals to hit social media firms with fines of up to €50 million if they fail to promptly remove illegal hate speech from their platforms... The law would also see individuals from companies facing fines of up to €5M for any criminal content removal failures.
In a statement today, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said: "The providers of social networks are responsible when their platforms are abused to spread hate criminality and criminal false news ... Freedom of expression ends where criminal law begins."
In case you were wondering, this is what "hate" looks like in Germany: see Parents Fined... For Not Sending Their Child to Visit a Mosque?!
Not to be "that" person (someone has to be that person), but isn't what Germany's doing a tad bit fascist? I rather thought they'd learned that lesson. Perhaps not.
While we're on the subject, you know who else is demanding Facebook censor free speech? Pakistan (see Facebook Caves to Pakistani Demands. Agrees to Address "Blasphemous Posts"). Yep, the place where happiness and freedom go to die. After being smothered in a hijab. Or decapitated. Burned alive. Pick your execution style. Stoning. Exploded. Okay, I'm done now.
Feel free to check this one off the list of "Things Germany and Pakistan Have in Common." It's been growing at an alarming rate lately, what with the truckloads of rape and terrorism. One might note that the populations of Germany and Pakistan are slowly starting to resemble one another. No, that's not racist. It's an observation of who's been migrating where. Islam is a religious and political ideology, it's not a race. Every time you cry "RACIST" when someone says something untoward about Islam, your IQ drops into negative numbers. Stop it.
This is what actual censorship looks like. It's the (brat)wurst. In this case, Germany wants to force a company - Facebook - to abide by its arbitrary standard in regards to hate speech... Lest they're fined all the euros. In short? Hate speech is NOT OKAY! Unless it's accompanied by $50 million dollars. In which case, Germany may consider looking the other way. Priorities.
Also, every time someone brings up "hate speech" there's usually never a definition of "hate," and it's never clarified who gets to define what is and isn't "hateful." Think about it.
One has to admit this poetic justice since Facebook is getting a taste of its own "anti-hate" medicine. It's no secret the social media titan has been suppressing the content it doesn't like from users, such as yours truly, all across the globe. Alas, it's free to do so on its own platform. But now somebody bigger and meaner is telling Facebook what its users can and can't do. And while we still have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, we hate the quashing of free speech. Always.
Screw off Germany. Censorship isn't what makes your nation great. Stop trying to make hate speech a thing.