Category Archives: Freedom of speech

Here Are Twitter’s Latest Rules For Fighting Hate And Abuse

The most hated man in social media

On Friday CEO Jack Dorsey announced plans to act more aggressively. Twitter will introduce new rules around unwanted sexual advances, nonconsensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence, he tweeted. To add a sense of urgency, the company is holding daily meetings on the issue.

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British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for ‘Offensive’ Online Comments in One Year

British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for “offensive” online comments last year.

Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally “cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”, in 2016.

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UK: Extremely Selective Free Speech

Apparently, 112 events featuring extremist speakers took place on UK campuses in the academic year 2016/2017, according to a recent report by Britain’s Henry Jackson society: “The vast majority of the extreme speakers recorded in this report are Islamist extremists, though one speaker has a background in Far-Right politics….” That one speaker was Tommy Robinson both of whose events were cancelled, one due to hundreds of students planning to demonstrate to protest his appearance. The report does not mention student protests at any of the Islamist events.

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Berkeley Protesters Try To Explain What They’re Protesting. It’s Hilarious.

Despite the cancellation of the “Free Speech Week,” which was allegedly going to star Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Steve Bannon, a bunch of social justice activists converged on Berkeley to protest anyhow. So YouTube personality Fleccas, real name Arthur Fletcher, arrived on the scene to learn firsthand what all those outraged activists were specifically protesting. By the end of the day, Fletcher came to the conclusion that a vast majority of them don’t really know and even fewer are able to defend their incoherent political positions.

h/t Mom

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UC Berkeley’s ‘Free Speech Week’ officially canceled, appeared to be set-up from the start

Former United States Army soldier Chelsea Manning, left, listens to a person after speaking before a couple hundred demonstrators during a march and rally against hate at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Several organizations representing communities targeted by white supremacy and hate violence took part in the march.

The alt-left at its finest.

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Threat of Antifa Violence Shuts Down “Antifa” Documentary Premier

The September 25 premier at Free Speech Week at U.C. Berkeley of the latest feature-length documentary by Dangerous Documentaries (the film wing of Capital Research Center), “America Under Siege: Antifa,” was cancelled in part due to security threats concerning members of the radical terrorist organization Antifa.

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Canada: Man jailed for “no more Muslims” graffiti

Judge Justice Ferhan Javed stated that “Mr. Porco’s message was both hateful and hurtful to the community and needs to be deterred.”

Did the punishment fit the crime? Why are Islamic hate preachers who explicitly call for the murder of Jews not being jailed? Ditto for those who incite violence against Zionists and Jews during al Quds day rallies.

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The Long Night Ahead

Facebook just declared war against “disruptive” information.  In addition to hundreds of new human censors, they are training AI censors capable of identifying and deleting ‘unacceptable’ information found in the discussions of all two billion members in real time. This development highlights what the real danger posed by a socially networked world actually is.

h/t Mom

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Snowflakeism Strikes Cornell University

Trigger warning: “Build a wall.”

Those three words have ignited a firestorm at Cornell University. An apology has been demanded, several issued, and demanded yet again. Sanctions have been sought. The administration even issued a condemnation, claiming the words were part of “a continued pattern of the marginalization of many members of the Cornell community.” Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi put it this way: “I strongly condemn behavior that is antithetical to our proud history of inclusion.”

Spoiler: Plot Twist!

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UC Berkeley officials say organizers of far-right festival have failed to complete reservations for two indoor venues

UC Berkeley officials said Saturday that organizers of a far-right speakers’ series scheduled for later this month have missed the deadline to reserve two of the largest indoor venues on campus for the event, but that they will continue to work with organizers on planning for the festival.

“The University cannot defend spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide security arrangements for events” based on the press releases of organizers, Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor of the university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, said in a statement.

Mogulof said the Berkeley Patriot student group that is working with right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on the “Free Speech Week” festival had failed to meet the university’s requirements to reserve Wheeler Auditorium on Sept. 24 — the first day of the festival — and Zellerbach Auditorium on Sept. 27. He said organizers failed to submit the necessary payments to reserve the halls by 5 p.m. Friday.

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