With increasing poverty comes increasing social unrest, which requires increasing control of information to keep the peasants in line. This means censoring the Internet.
For example, today (30 June 2017) the German parliament outlawed “hate speech” and “fake news” on the Internet. Whatever people share with each other must now be approved by German politicians and bureaucrats. Any social media company (e.g. Facebook) that fails to remove “hate speech” and “fake news” will be fined up to €50 million (USD $57 million). Also, whoever a company designates to deal with complaints about “hate speech and “fake news” will be fined up to five million euros if that person does not meet government censorship requirements.
The German law does not define “hate speech” and “fake news.” German politicians and bureaucrats will decide, and their decision will be final (the new law does not include any means to appeal censorship). If you question the government’s hate speech and their fake news, you will be deleted. If you question war and imperialism, you will be deleted. If you question any lie told by the government or the media, you will be deleted. If you question the holocaust™ you will be imprisoned for five years.
Also the law does not clarify whether it applies to content that was posted outside of Germany. (In February 2007 the District Court of Mannheim Germany sentenced Ernst Zundel to five years for questioning the holocaust™ while Zundel had been living in the USA and Canada.)
In July 2016, police raided the homes of 60 people accused of posting “racist” and “extreme” messages on social media. On 20 June 2017 German police raided the homes of 36 people in 14 states accused of posting “hate speech” online.
The law will require companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, (which owns YouTube) to delete things like Nazi symbols or holocaust™ denial within 24 hours of notification. Every six months, companies must publicly report the number of complaints they have received and how they have handled them.
German justice minister Heiko Maas, who was the driving force behind the bill, says, “Freedom of speech ends where the criminal law begins.” And criminal law is what Mass says it is. In 2016 Maas tried to outlaw sex in advertising, the same as radical Islamic nations have done. In 2015 he tried to expand the definition of sexual assault to include consensual sex between a woman and her male boss.
American media companies like Google and Facebook say that German politicians passed this law because they are jealous of the size and power of American media companies. Forbes annually ranks the world’s largest companies based on revenue, profit, assets, and market value. In its 2016 compilation, seven of the top 10 tech companies in the world were American. Meanwhile Europe has just three companies in the top 20 (Germany’s SAP, Sweden’s Ericsson, and Finland’s Nokia).
In any case there were already laws against making threats online. This new law is not about reducing hate. It is about increasing control. The items that German politicians will order deleted are those that threaten the rich and the bankers. Anything that displeases Germany’s rulers will be “hate speech.” Objecting to the Germany military being involved in U.S. wars will be flagged as “hate speech.” Questioning Israeli atrocities is “hate speech.” Questioning the euro scam is “hate speech.” Questioning media lies is “fake news.” Questioning government extremism is “extremism.”
What a twisted world.
Today I saw a police car painted in “gay pride” colors. A friend of mine said this is a growing phenomenon in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Police and ambulances in “gay pride” colors. What do you think of it?