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The European Union is demanding that Twitter, YouTube and Facebook censor “illegal hate speech” within 24 hours, content that includes so-called “fake news,” a term so broad that it includes perfectly legitimate news content.
Complaining that censorship is currently taking too long, EU commissioners are threatening to pass new laws if the “non-legislative approach” fails.
“The last weeks and months have shown that social media companies need to live up to their important role and take up their share of responsibility when it comes to phenomena like online radicalisation, illegal hate speech or fake news,” EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová told The Financial Times.
The fact that the EU is characterizing “fake news” in the same context as jihadist propaganda is chilling.
In a related development, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft have vowed to “step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.”
The database, which will see the companies share the “unique digital fingerprints” of content deemed “extremist,” will enable such material to be removed far more quickly.
Turkey has ordered the closure of 20 television and radio stations, including one that airs children’s programmes, for spreading “terrorist propaganda”, adding to fears that emergency rule is being used to stifle the media.
originally posted by: AMPTAH
Does this mean that the next time President-Elect Donald Trump "tweets" the "fake news" that "millions of illegals" voted for Clinton, twitter will now immediately delete his rant?
Who can see step three coming? Round up anyone who doesn't stay in line and put them in re education camps? This is getting out of hand.
But there was no "second attack" by North Vietnam -- no "renewed attacks against American destroyers." By reporting official claims as absolute truths, American journalism opened the floodgates for the bloody Vietnam War.