The reader will note that I go out of my way to distinguish between Muslims, who hold a huge variety of views, and classical Islamic law - Sharia - which is the real problem in my view. Yet will my critique of Sharia law soon be deemed hateful and removed from the internet? What is going to be next? Who decides? Recently it has come to light that many Facebook posts are moderated and removed for hateful content against Palestinians, but that identical content has not been removed when directed at Jewish Israelis. Also, in September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted they had plans to censor anti-migrant posts. Is being cautious of the unlimited migration of over a million, mostly undocumented, migrants now considered hateful?
Robert Spencer's statement: "This could be the end, folks. Opponents of jihad terror could be gone from the Internet within days," is of course a little hyperbolic. But in reality, perhaps only a little.
From Jihad Watch, Spencer notes:~
"The problem with both Jourova’s and White’s statements below, and with this whole initiative, is that they assume that “hate speech” is an entity that can be identified objectively, when actually it is a subjective judgment based on one’s own political preconceptions. And given the years-long insistence from Leftists and Islamic supremacists that any honest discussion of how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism constitutes “hate speech,” these new rules could mean the end of opposition to jihad terror on the Internet.
My guess is that “Robert Spencer should be lynched…” will not be considered hate speech, since Twitter just told me yesterday that it wasn’t, but that a factual statement such as this will be: “Violent jihad is a constant of Islamic history and a central element of Islamic theology. Many passages of the Qur’an and sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad are used by jihad warriors today to justify their actions and gain new recruits.”
This could be the end, folks. Opponents of jihad terror could be gone from the Internet within days."
“EU links up with Twitter, tech firms to combat hate speech,” AP, May 31, 2016:
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world’s biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread of hate speech online.
Under the terms of a code of conduct, the firms, which also include YouTube and Microsoft, have committed to “quickly and efficiently” tackle illegal hate speech directed against anyone over issues of race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin. The sites have often been used by terrorist organizations to relay messages and entice hatred against certain individuals or groups.
Among the measures agreed with the EU’s executive arm, the firms have said they will establish internal procedures and staff training to guarantee that a majority of illegal content is assessed and, where necessary, removed within 24 hours. They have also agreed to strengthen their partnerships with civil society organizations who often flag content that promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct. The European Commission and the firms have also agreed to support civil society organizations to deliver “anti-hate campaigns.”
“The internet is a place for free speech, not hate speech,” said Vera Jourova, the EU commissioner responsible for justice, consumers and gender equality. She added that the code of conduct, which will be regularly reviewed in terms of its scope and its impact, will ensure that public incitement to violence to hatred has “no place online.”
The firms themselves say there’s no conflict between their mission statements to promote the freedom of expression and clamping down on hate speech.
Twitter, which has been at the center of much of the hate speech that’s spread online over the past few years, says it will continue to tackle the issue “head-on” along with partners in industry and civil society.
“We remain committed to letting the Tweets flow,” said Twitter’s European head of public policy Karen White. “However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.”…