I’m so happy there are people out there willing to protect me from words on a screen.
Social media and other websites will have just one hour to delete offending content under a new law passed by France’s parliament.
The one-hour deadline applies to content that French authorities consider to be related to terrorism or child sexual abuse.
Failing to act could result in fines of up to 4% of global revenue – billions of euros for the largest online firms.
Yes, terrorism and child sexual abuse, I’m sure that’s the only thing it’ll be used for.
Just like all the other things you did to combat those things were exactly for that purpose, and worked too.
But critics say the new law could restrict freedom of expression.
The new rules apply to all websites, whether large or small. But there are concerns that only internet giants such as Facebook and Google actually have the resources to remove content as quickly as required.
Digital rights group La Quadrature du Net said the requirement to take down content that the police considered “terrorism” in just one hour was impractical.
“Except the big companies, nobody can afford to have a 24/7 watch to remove the content when requested,” a spokesman for the group said. “Hence, they will have to rely on censorship before receiving a request from the police.”
That might be in the form of using an automatic system provided by the largest companies, giving them “more power on what can exist on the web or not”.
And here we get to the main purpose of this law – it’s not about fining these Jew tech companies, but about regulating their competitors out of existence, or forcing them to work with said Jew companies.
The fewer of these platforms there are, the easier it is to control the information.
Eventually, there won’t be any kind of free speech anywhere outside of the dark web or maybe private chats, and most people will be too lazy/stupid/both to use the former.
France’s new law reflects one proposed at the European Union level, where law-makers last year suggested a one-hour deadline for the removal of content.
But that proposal proved controversial and is currently in limbo.
France pushed ahead with its own version of the law despite the concerns in Europe.
Under the new French law, content judged to be illegal – but not relating to terrorism or child sexual abuse – will have to be taken down within 24 hours of notification.
That includes posts inciting hatred, violence, racism, and sexual harassment.
Failure to remove content could attract a fine of up to €1.25m (£1.1m).
France’s regulator, the Superior Council of the Audiovisual (CSA), will have the power to impose heftier fines of up to 4% of global turnover for continuous and repeated violations.
Do you sometimes feel bad for those poor bastards in China, who have zero freedoms and stuff?
I don’t and neither should you, because we have below zero freedoms here in Europe.
The Chinks, at least, have a reasonably sane government that isn’t trying to make them a minority in their own country.
If anything, I envy them.
Facebook said it was working closely with French regulator CSA and others “on the implementation of this law”.
YouTube said it already tackled illegal content and welcomed any new partnership with governments.
Twitter‘s head of public affairs in France, Audrey Herblin-Stoop, told Reuters that the company would continue to work with the government to fight illegal content and hate speech.
None of them have any problem with potentially paying billions of dollars worth of fines.
Because they’re owned by the same (((people))) who own the French parliament.
And their main purpose isn’t money, it’s destroying us.