WATCH: Theresa May's Fascist Message to Social Media Companies is Chilling
Great Britain, when not the punchline of a joke, like the one about Cookie Monster helping with knife crime, is a frightening place of growing fascism and tyranny. Like this one about Theresa May threatening social media companies over what amounts to people being trolls. It's frightening only because a fascist in England is the same as a fascist in America: their goals are exactly the same. Check this out:
Online companies must start taking responsibility for their platforms, and help restore public trust in this techno… https://t.co/aYAYOpeYVN— Theresa May (@Theresa May) 1554711538.0
"Protect our children, censor the messenger rather than parent, hit a block button, or tell kids to get offline and go outside and play. We can't handle the idea of people being responsible for themselves! WE WILL CENSOR YOU INSTEAD! WE ARE THE UNITED KINGDOM! Why believe in personal accountability when it's easier to just blame Zuckerberg for all our woes which are actually our fault?"
I'm reading between the lines.
Now for simpletons who think all criticism of social media is the same, no, it's not. The conservative's issue with Facebook and Twitter is how it over-polices content, not that it doesn't do enough to target trolls. I love me the mute button on Twitter to handle the legion of moronic sexists who don't know they're moronic sexists. Works great. But to censor the entire platform, to make the entire platform accountable for the actions of negative trolls, that's where I have a problem. May's premise is a riff on banning "hate speech" because it hurts people's feelings, but to limit speech is dangerous and leads to more problems, not less.
Also, same United Kingdom: UK Installs Knife Surrender Bin to Curb Knife Crime. Criminals Stole All the Knives.
Hence I'm calling Theresa May, and all who support the censoring of social media for "hate speech," fascists. Let more freedom ring, don't limit a platform because some people abuse it. For the same reason we shouldn't limit the First Amendment because some people are "mean."
If social media is bothering you, turn it off. If you're facing online abuse from someone, block them. If someone is threatening you over Facebook or Twitter, report them to Facebook and Twitter in addition to the police if it's necessary (I have). But don't demand a company take responsibility for a few douchecanoes. That's a dangerous precedent, both here and abroad.