Right on time for your mid-day coffee break, depending on your time zone, Congressman Dan Crenshaw smacks around Google asking about Ben Shapiro being labeled a “nazi” and how Google defines “hate speech.”
Dan Crenshaw: Thanks for trying to do something about terrorism. But your company labeled the Jewiest Jew as a Nazi. What in Gia’s name are you hippies smoking over there?
Sir Google of Googledom: We light our weed sticks with the flames fueled by our own boofs. Also, Ben Shapiro is just a Jewish Nazi and he says hateful things.
Crenshaw: What hateful things?
Sir Google of Googledom: His eyebrows. They scare me.
Think about this, Google controls the flow of digital information. They think a 5’9″ Jew is a Nazi. And they’re not sure where the line between “hate speech” and “speech that incites violence” is. While they call people Nazis.
Which as Crenshaw pointed out, kind of incites violence.
Crenshaw is right, these companies have created amazing platforms. True. But these same platforms, having amassed so much power, while also having a wanton disrespect for the First Amendment, will lead us no place good.
Here’s the part where I should provide a solution. It’s still too early for one. What needs to happen is more discussion and a decision: are these platforms like Google and Facebook platforms? Or are they publishers?