Trump Administration refuses to sign international accord to keep violent and extremist content off the internet.

By |2019-05-15T12:37:39-08:00May 16th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Can you guess why?

Courtesy of NYT:

The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it would not sign an international accord intended to pressure the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content, highlighting a broader divide between the United States and other countries over government’s role in determining what content is acceptable online.

Citing free speech protections, the administration said in a statement that “the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement.” It added that “the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech.”

The statement coincided with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand meeting in Paris to sign what they have labeled the Christchurch Call. The agreement was crafted after a terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March that left 51 Muslim worshipers dead. The massacre was live streamed on Facebook, and spread virally over the internet.

Ms. Ardern has used the Christchurch killings to rally support for increased vigilance toward keeping violent and extremist content off the world’s largest internet platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have vowed to monitor their services more aggressively for material that encourages and facilitates violence.

The Trump Administration’s 1st Amendment excuse is pure bullshit.

We already restrict some violent or extremist speech, so moving those same guidelines to online activity is a no-brainer. 

I think it’s pretty clear that the real reason the Administration does not want to curtail violent rhetoric is that it would censor Trump’s most ardent supporters who cannot resist using violent imagery or making threats against others online. 

The Right Wing is already accusing Facebook and Twitter of “shadow banning” them and this would provide even more support for shutting them down completely. 

Of course to avoid that they could always simply stop being such douchebags. 

But what am I saying? They’re Trump supporters. 

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous May 16, 2019 at 7:18 am

    if he signed the accord they would have to ban all his tweets that bully people, then what would he do all day?

  2. NotFit May 16, 2019 at 8:01 am

    OT/
    ““One of the purposes that the Constitution spells out for investigation is impeachment, and so you can say, and the courts would respect if you said, we need this information to carry out our oversight responsibilities, and among them is impeachment. It doesn’t mean you’re going on an impeachment path, but it means if you had the information, you might. So, it isn’t about impeachment. It’s about impeachment as a purpose, a constitutional purpose for and justifying constitutionally and court wise a path.”

    Pelosi also called Trump’s defense a joke, and beneath the presidency.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/05/16/nancy-pelosi-trump-impeachment.html

  3. OK May 16, 2019 at 8:05 am

    “The top prosecutor in the entire country shrugged off crimes by the executive branch of the government as not his problem. According to Barr, Russian attacks on elections are just “Washington,” and the real work of his job is fighting street gangs in El Salvador.” ““I’m trying to break away from Washington and do the real work of the attorney general,”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/05/16/william-barr-says-prosecuting-trump-criminals-is-not-his-job.html

  4. kNOW May 16, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Watch & Hear This:
    https://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/russian-american-journalist-masha-gessen-on-putin-and-trump/

    Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist with an intimate knowledge of both countries and she sits down with Michel to discuss Mueller, Trump, and Putin’s endgame.

  5. Anonymous May 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    You know why, right? I think it was Twitter that looked into blocking White Supremacist hate speech and they found they were also blocking REPUBLICANs, especially Republican politicians. They couldn’t write an algorithm that blocked the Nazis but let the Republicans through.

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