Google, Facebook, Twitter Vow Pour Censeur discours de haine en heures Moins de 24

The giants of social media will attempt to censor designated forms of hate speech in under 24 hours of being notified about it. That’s their new claim – no, scratch that. That’s their new “vow” to the European Commission when it comes to dealing with hate speech online.

Selon Bloomberg Technology [Via KiA] Google, Twitter, Microsoft et Facebook veulent aller au-delà des lois pénales de discours de haine et de contenu supplémentaire de censure qui peuvent être classés comme discours de haine.

They say this initiative was kicked up following attacks in Brussels and Paris by Islamic states that supposedly used the web to coordinate their attacks. I honestly have no idea how further limiting or censoring hate speech online has anything to do with the heinous acts committed in real life against innocent individuals considering that if they aren’t using public social media they would still organize through private utilities and chat services. It’s the equivalent of DRM laced in AAA titles supposedly designed to curb piracy, when the only people it really hinders are legitimate customers (viz., Dark Void says ‘Hi’)

Twitter’s head of public policy, Karen White, commented about the new move to further censor what the media deems as hate speech, stating…

“We remain committed to letting the Tweets flow,” […] “However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.”

Des exemples de cette marque particulière de discours de haine étaient nuls. En fait, nous ne savons pas - sur la base de la pièce Bloomberg - exactement ce qui qualifie comme «discours de haine».

We’ve seen some individuals classify disagreements as “harassment”, and others attempting to use opposing political views as a sign of targeted hate.

The only thing they mention in the article is that in the joint statement by the larger online corporations, it was stated that internet user activity needs to be…

"Rapidement examiné par les intermédiaires en ligne et des plateformes de médias sociaux, à la réception d'une notification valide, dans un délai approprié,"

This doesn’t seem to bode well for the average user when these kind of wide sweeping labels of “hate speech” can be used to shut down conversations, discussions or trains of thoughts that some people may not like, even if they aren’t advocating harm or hate. For example, the One Angry Gamer Tumblr account has been terminated for the second time within the span of 30 days with absolutely no explanation whatsoever and no notifications about any rules being violated or terms of use being broken.

This kind of targeted censorship as a means to “combat the use of social media by terrorists” is starting to look more and more like larger media conglomerates pushing very hard to control what you see, how you see it, what you say and where you’re allowed to say it. This comes as very little surprise on the heels of Facebook admettre à bricoler avec les tendances afin de forcer les utilisateurs à se intéresser à des sujets culturels spécifiques, et Microsoft forçant leur 10 de Windows OS sur les utilisateurs qui manifestement fait savoir qu'ils ne voulaient pas.

(Main image courtesy of Lisa M)