‘Speech that incites racist and xenophobic violence and hatred is illegal’ – Starts by saying the EU Commission on twitter.
On a new report that the European Commission just announced on twitter, it congratulates IT companies which ‘are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours, compared to 40% in 2016’, cheering for the suppression of free online speech.
On the EU Commission press release, titled Countering illegal hate speech online – EU Code of Conduct ensures swift response, the EU gives the IT Companies a pat on the back for ‘now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and 72% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech being removed, compared to 40% and 28% respectively when the Code was first launched in 2016‘.
Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stated as well that: ‘Illegal hate speech online is not only a crime, it represents a threat to free speech and democratic engagement. In May 2016, I initiated the Code of conduct on online hate speech, because we urgently needed to do something about this phenomenon. Today, after two and a half years, we can say that we found the right approach and established a standard throughout Europe on how to tackle this serious issue, while fully protecting freedom of speech.‘
The latest statement by the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, in a very Orwellian fashion, resorts to the double thinking of saying that ‘hate speech’ (the usual isms and phobias) is a threat to free speech and that censorship should indeed be used to defend ‘free speech’, or their version of free speech, which isn’t actually free at all.
This new report was released as well in an ‘odd’ time where Mr. Zuckerberg already promised to censor in his website alternative media, and users who ‘misbehave’ (meaning dissent against the established narrative) ahead of the coming EU elections in May.