UK Now Proposes Ridiculous Plan To Fine Internet Companies For Vaguely Defined 'Harmful Content'

from the what-the-what? dept

Last week Australia rushed through a ridiculous bill to fine internet companies if they happen to host any "abhorrent content." It appears the UK took one look at that nonsense and decided it wanted some too. On Monday it released a white paper calling for massive fines for internet companies for allowing any sort of "online harms." To call the plan nonsense is being way too harsh to nonsense.

Theresa May herself announced the plan in a video that she posted to the very same social media she insists is harmful to children, because consistency is not a strong point of people looking to shackle the internet:

If you watch that video, she literally pulls out a "but think of the children" argument, insisting that social media must be tamed into stopping "harmful" content. Of course, what she leaves out is that most of the "harmful" content she's upset about is perfectly legal. And, much of it is available not just via social media. But, don't worry about that: this is all about a moral panic around social media.

The plan would result in massive, widespread, totally unnecessary censorship solely for the sake of pretending to do something about the fact that some people sometimes do not so nice things online. And it will place all of the blame on the internet companies for the (vaguely defined) not so nice things that those companies' users might do online.

The basic plan is the kind of nonsense people come up with when they don't have the slightest clue how the internet (or human beings) actually work. It would establish a new regulator who would come up with a "code of practice" for internet companies (broadly defined) requiring them to have a "duty of care" to magically stop basically any (ill-defined) bad behavior online. The regulator could then massively fine any internet company that breaks its nonsense rules. The rules appear to be totally vague and would require blocking "harmful content" even if it's perfectly legal just because someone says its bad. Failure by companies (after being fined) to wave a magic wand and stop bad stuff online could lead to full site blocking by ISPs to access such sites.

There are so many bad ideas packed into this white paper, it's legitimately difficult to know where to start. But, let's start with this. Among the content that will not be allowed is trolling. Really.

Cyberbullying, including trolling, is unacceptable. Being bullied online can be a deeply upsetting experience, particularly for children or other vulnerable users.

How will internet companies be forced to deal with trolling (which is not at all defined in the paper). Well, apparently the new regulator will "set out steps that should be taken" to "tackle cyberbullying." What does that actually mean? Who the hell knows.

There's also a special section about preventing people from saying mean things to public figures. Seriously.

As set out in Box 14, those involved in public life in the UK experience regular and sustained abuse online, which goes beyond free speech and impedes individuals’ rights to participate. As well as being upsetting and frightening for the individual involved, this abuse corrodes our democratic values and dissuades good people from entering public life

Basically, if you're famous, the UK wants to force internet companies to stop anyone from ever being mean to you. Poor famous people.

And, of course, there's a whole "fake news" section, which ignores how basically every anti-fake news law is actually being used to censor government critics.

Companies will need to take proportionate and proactive measures to help users understand the nature and reliability of the information they are receiving, to minimise the spread of misleading and harmful disinformation and to increase the accessibility of trustworthy and varied news content.

At the same time, the very same section says that companies also have to have some sort of bogus "fairness doctrine" to promote diverse viewpoints:

Promoting diverse news content, countering the ‘echo chamber’ in which people are only exposed to information which reinforces their existing views.

What if the information countering the echo chamber is bogus propaganda and disinformation? Well, then this part of the law would seem to contradict itself. Good luck sorting it out everyone!

Also no longer allowed: any depiction of violence or glamorization of weapons.

Violent content ranges from content which directly depicts or incites acts of violence, through to content which is violent with additional contextual understanding or which is harmful to users through the glamorisation of weapons and gang life.

As far as I can tell, war films would no longer be allowed under this rule. Or boxing matches. Or, really, something like this:

Of course, that's not all. The report includes a table of "online harms" which is broad and without much in the way of definition:

If that seems vague, it's by design. And, they make it clear that anything else can be added at any time:

This list is, by design, neither exhaustive nor fixed. A static list could prevent swift regulatory action to address new forms of online harm, new technologies, content and new online activities.

Yeah, that's an open invitation to censorship.

And, no this is not just targeting large sites. As UK lawyer Graham Smith points out, under the terms of the proposal, any internet blog with comments is subject to the law. It literally says this in section of 4.2:

There are two main types of online activity that can give rise to the online harms in scope or compound their effects:

  • Hosting, sharing and discovery of user-generated content (e.g. a post on a public forum or the sharing of a video).
  • Facilitation of public and private online interaction between service users (e.g. instant messaging or comments on posts).

And, of course, as Thomas Baekdal points out, blaming the internet companies is completely ridiculous in this situation. The law doesn't apply to other sources of similar content, such as UK news companies (so long as they don't have comments on their stories), even if they post the exact same content. As Baekdal notes, more people saw video clips of the Christchurch massacre when various UK tabloids published those clips than those who watched it on Facebook. But the law applies to Facebook, not the UK tabloids.

Again, that's because this is a moral panic and an attack on internet companies, not anything resembling sensible thoughtful policy.

Not surprisingly, the report also uses dodgy "facts" to support the need for such a ridiculous law. In the "foreward" to the report, written by MPs Jeremy Wright and Sajid Javid (a guy who's been spewing nonsense about the internet for years), the following claim is made:

Two thirds of adults in the UK are concerned about content online, and close to half say they have seen hateful content in the past year

The first part is nonsense driven by fear mongering by the media and the likes of Javid. It's meaningless to say people are concerned if the facts don't actually support any reason for them to be concerned. But that second part is even more head-scratching. Graham Smith has asked the government for a source for that stat, but appears to suspect that it comes from a ridiculously misleading Ofcom study where the "harmful" content includes "spam emails," "targeted advertising," "bad language" and "offensive language."

This is pure moral panic. And it will do a few horrible things. First, it will destroy the internet industry in the UK. London had built itself up as a digital hub, but should this law go into effect, that will almost certainly limit any growth potential for the firms there. Second, it will lock in the dominance of Google and Facebook, because who else can deal with this kind of crap. Finally, it will lead to massive censorship. And, basically everyone knows this.

...critics from across the political spectrum have warned the legislation could also threaten freedom of speech. Jim Killock, the executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: “The government’s proposals would create state regulation of the speech of millions of British citizens. We have to expect that the duty of care will end up widely drawn, with serious implications for legal content that is deemed potentially risky, whether it really is nor not.”

Privacy International noted that this plan will "introduce, rather than reduce, "online harms." Index on Censorship seems similarly concerned:

“The implications for ordinary internet users have not been considered. If you introduce a duty of care, especially in combination with the risk of fines, it creates a very strong incentive for online platforms to remove and restrict content, and this is really going to impact on free speech rights and the right to information for millions of ordinary internet users in the UK, and it’s also going to set an example internationally.”

And, of course, as Reason points out, reporters who love to hate the big internet companies seem to be cheering on this censorship plan because they like anything that looks like it "harms" the big internet companies.

This is the same mess we keep seeing over and over again. Lots of people are mad about stuff on the big internet sites... and are responding by attacking those companies (not the cause of the bad stuff on those platforms), and doing so in ways that will lead to massive censorship, less freedom, and which will only serve to lock in the big internet companies, as no one else will be able to deal with any of the proposed regulations.

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    Bill Wreaks-Havoc, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:49am

    "Ridiculous" in headline means written by The Maz.

    It's his trademark. I'm surprised that his preening hasn't overcome his abhorrence of trademark to register: "It's Ridiculous!"

    Anyhoo, this is one of the many pieces in which Masnick appears to be startled that gov'ts will increasingly censor teh internets, even though all of us whom he deems "conspiracy kooks" have known it for decades.

    Problem for anyone reasonable is that good cause for setting some limit is obvious, and the masses who think that name-calling is worthwhile use of precious Free Speech will continue to help. -- You see that every day here at Techdirt: no reasoned discourse, just the fanboys attacking / censoring anyone who disagrees with Mr Ridiculous.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:57am

      Problem for anyone reasonable is that good cause for setting some limit is obvious

      Other than some obvious limits (e.g., child pornography, terrorist propaganda), what specific limits would you propose that could be considered both reasonable and narrow enough to avoid infringing upon legal speech?

      name-calling is worthwhile use of precious Free Speech

      No matter how much you dislike it, Blue, name-calling is legal speech. I get called all sorts of names by Hamilton whenever he gets angry enough to obsess over me, but you don’t see me crying to the government (or Mike) about it. If’n you want to limit speech on social media and blog comments in that way, you best be prepared to offer the best possible justification for silencing legal speech — because if it becomes illegal for me to insult you, it becomes illegal for you to insult Mike, and I doubt you want to abandon that hobby.

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        Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 5:35am

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        Problem for anyone reasonable is that good cause for setting some limit is obvious, and the masses who think that name-calling is worthwhile use of precious Free Speech will continue to help.

        When Hamilton made up lies and accused me of all sorts I didn't go running to the government. Heck, when that troll tried to get me fired from my job I didn't scream for regulation. Give it a rest, Blue.

        -- You see that every day here at Techdirt: no reasoned discourse, just the fanboys attacking / censoring anyone who disagrees with Mr Ridiculous

        No reasoned discourse? Projecting much, Blue? We're not obliged to read your rantings, now run along.

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      Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:06am

      Re: "Ridiculous" in headline means written by The Maz.

      Let's see which of these categories you fit:

      • Cyberbullying and trolling, check

      • Extremest content and activity, check

      • Coercive behavior, check

      • Intimidation, check

      • Disinformation, check

      • Harassment and cyberstalking, check

      Now, if Techdirt were in the UK, what would Mike have to do about you? Well, if I read the article correctly, he would have to do more than just hide your comments, he would have to remove them. And since you have little self control, let law enforcement know about you and give them whatever information he could to enable their enforcement action.

      How does that feel?

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        Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 2:24pm

        Re: Re: "Ridiculous" in headline means written by The

        Someone high up needs to tell the EU to sit down and Stop Fucking with the internet. Enough is enough. These are reasons governments go to war with one another.

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          Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:02pm

          Re: Re: Re: "Ridiculous" in headline means wri

          Polital correctness crap has choked the life out of America and they're pushing this crap around the world. That's 28,000 miles in ALL directions from wherever they are standing.That is fuckking sick.

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            Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 9:17am

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            The term political correctness at its inception had a rather well accepted definition, but that has changed over the years into just more of the same bullshit.

            Rather than using a tired out cliché, perhaps well chosen words would better serve your intent and thus allow others to better understand your point. Some refer to this as communication ... it is not the same thing as talking at others.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:06am

      Re: "Ridiculous" in headline means written by The Maz.

      And using "anyhoo" is your trademark. That and spouting nonsense, fact-less, bigoted attacks against TD and Mike, as well as lying and making false and easily disproved claims.

      It's so much a part of your MO that you are easily identified by it.

      appears to be startled that gov'ts will increasingly censor teh internets

      No, not startled. He's disappointed because of all the collateral damage it's going to cause.

      even though all of us whom he deems "conspiracy kooks" have known it for decades

      Do you have any evidence you aren't a kook? Conspiracy or otherwise? Nothing in your comment demonstrates to the contrary, that's for sure.

      Problem for anyone reasonable is that good cause for setting some limit is obvious

      The First Amendment says hi and you're wrong. But we all know you hate that part of the Constitution and would like to see it die.

      the masses who think that name-calling is worthwhile use of precious Free Speech will continue to help.

      See? You hate the First Amendment. Man I can call it. Free speech is what keeps a country free and its government accountable. If the government can dictate what you can and can't say you have a dictatorship.

      You see that every day here at Techdirt: no reasoned discourse, just the fanboys attacking / censoring anyone who disagrees with Mr Ridiculous.

      There have been plenty of reasoned and reasonable discussions involving people disagreeing with Mike. YOU aren't one of them. The reason for this is because you refuse to actually have a legitimate debate and just lead with lies and insults. Therefore, what reason do we have to take anything you say seriously?

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        Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:10pm

        Re: Re: "Ridiculous" in headline means written by The

        Because if a government can dictate what you can and can't say, you have draconian rule, not necessarily a dictatorship.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 6:13am

          Re: Re: Re: "Ridiculous" in headline means written by

          government can dictate

          Um, you just proved yourself wrong with that one statement. That's literally a dictatorship when they can "dictate" what you do.

          Draconian rule is just heavy punishments for minor offenses, but that's not the government not giving you a choice, "dictating" something.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 9:19am

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          Wow ... a self contradictory comment all in one sentence.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 1:20pm

      Re: Careful bro you’re about to get banned in th UK

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 6:50am

      Re: "Ridiculous" in headline means written by The Maz.

      "You see that every day here at Techdirt: no reasoned discourse, just the fanboys attacking / censoring anyone who disagrees with Mr Ridiculous."

      By "disagreeing" you mean where you on multiple times threatened to rape all the "aspies" around here?

      And by "attacking" you apparently mean that anyone calling you out on the bullshit you keep spewing is being mean.

      Yeah, you know, Baghdad Bob, I hate to break it to you...but you need to put the bong down before you start poking the comment threads with your hate-boner.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:52am

    “We must be seen doing something…even if that something is unnecessary and open to abuse, and even if it will most certainly make us look like fools in the near future.”

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      Thad (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:17am

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      I mean, this is a woman whose main political issue is Brexit.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:16pm

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      How about placing daisies in the gun barrels pointing at us. Hearing how fucked up the governments around the world are 24/7 is pushing people to the brink of what is humanly possible to be tolerated. Maybe after they blow half the populations' skulls of our shoulders, they will figure out they are fucked up and stop threatening us like that.

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      Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 9:17am

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      We must blame them and cause a fuss
      Before somebody thinks of blaming us!

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:53am

    What seems to be your boggle?

    my god

    We're in Demolition Man. It's really happening.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:59am

    Let's just cut the undersea cable connecting us to Europe and be done with it. I'd really rather not but something needs to be done to pound some sense into those asshole politicians.

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      btr1701 (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:54am

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      If I was running Twitter or Facebook, I'd be seriously thinking about shuttering my offices in the UK, shutting down my servers, and migrating everything back to the U.S. where there's a 1st Amendment to stop this sort of shit from getting started in the first place. The sites-- facebook.com and twitter.com-- would still be accessible to users in the UK but with no physical presence there, the companies would be free to ignore these ridiculous laws. If the UK government doesn't like it, they can always block those sites, but if they do block sites and services that millions of their citizens like, use, and in many cases depend on for their livelihood, then the UK politicians can reap the political whirlwind that results.

      Since full site blocking is on the list of penalties for failing to sanitize the entire internet anyway, it's not like they'd be losing anything, while still insulating themselves from liability for the massive fines the government wants to impose.

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        Ehud Gavron (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 4:02pm

        Public companies

        If I was running Twitter or Facebook, I'd be seriously thinking about ...

        Increasing shareholder value. That means you wouldn't shutter your offices, and you'd be trying to think your way out of the well British politicans had thrown you down.

        Public companies, unlike us normal people, are obligated to increase shareholder value. Typically for media companies with an advertiser-supported presence that means eyeballs, page-views, and more and more people looking and interacting every day.

        The US is a wonderful place, and we do have the First Amendment, but we also have lots of laws regulating content on the Internet. We're not perfect (and I'm not going to start with Whataboutism) but so far Internet content regulation exists in the US, UK, China, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Iran -- just to name a few.

        Solving "the problem" means getting people to allow others to express themselves even when it horts their widdle feewings. That train has sailed.

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          That One Guy (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 6:46pm

          -$500 today to avoid -$10,000 next week.

          Increasing shareholder value. That means you wouldn't shutter your offices, and you'd be trying to think your way out of the well British politicans had thrown you down.

          You do if keeping the offices open also keeps you open to huge penalties from the large numbers of people you're trying to get to use your service. Removing all physical presence from a country still allows people in the country to use it, but it drastically reduces the ability of the government there to use any but the nuclear option of a full block, and for something like Facebook the blowback from that would be huge.

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          Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 6:56am

          Re: Public companies

          "Solving "the problem" means getting people to allow others to express themselves even when it horts their widdle feewings. That train has sailed."

          That explains why the train sunk.

          Free speech was never about allowing the speech the majority would like to hear. It was always about allowing generally uncomfortable views to be heard.

          When a white supremacist or nazi rants society as a whole can listen, reflect, and react. When said asshat is forced to silence society forgets he exists.
          A few years later he surfaces wearing a suit and shoehorns some more political terms like "multiculturalism" into the political debate without anyone realizing that what he really would like to say and do is "Kill all the <insert random minority here>!!".

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 9:26am

          Re: Public companies

          "Public companies, unlike us normal people, are obligated to increase shareholder value."

          • At the expense of everyone else, no holds barred. Even the laws of the land are ignored in the pursuit of profit for profit sake.

          "That train has sailed."

          • I love mixed metaphors.

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        Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:19pm

        Re: Re:

        Those companies will sink before they come back to US of A where taxman is waiting for them. Those ceos will take the money and run.

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          Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 9:30am

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          "Those companies will sink before they come back to US of A where taxman is waiting for them. Those ceos will take the money and run."

          Run .. to where?

          The companies to which you refer ... are they perhaps multi-national corporations? Why would a multinational corp come back to a place they left? Has the government changed hands? Where will they go if all nations tell them they need to start acting better?

          Oh - and fyi, embezzlement is a crime in most countries so I doubt the ceo will be taking the money and running anywhere.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 9:24pm

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      Yeah man! I cut my cable and it felt Gooooood!!

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 4:30am

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      "Let's just cut the undersea cable connecting us to Europe and be done with it. I'd really rather not but something needs to be done to pound some sense into those asshole politicians."

      No real need. The idiots going along with this nonsense won't have an internet any longer and thus won't bug the rest of us - who may have to use encrypted tunnels to join the online society but will still be around.

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        Ehud Gavron (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 5:54am

        Cut the cable - see who screams

        The idiots going along with this nonsense won't have an internet any longer ...

        Really anyone who says "cut the cable" is preaching isolationsim by vandalism. You'll note they don't say "I'll go cut the cable" but rather imply "You all should go do the cable-cutting thing."

        Because there's one cable and if we cut it we fix the problem, right? Except none of that is true. There are multiple cables, owned by many companies, countries, etc., the majority of which are US ones -- with shareholders -- and neither I nor YOU nor THEY nor THEM nor ANYONE can "jest go kut them." Unless we're terrorists.

        Isolationsism vandalism is good if you're a moron or an idiot, but in the practical world since th 1960s we try to connect to everyone but manage what data is sent through. We should isolate the morons and idiots... not engage in either isolationism or terrorism.

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        P.S. Don't take any of the above as an insult to Trump. He doesn't merit it.

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          Anonymous Coward, 11 Apr 2019 @ 6:22am

          Re: Cut the cable - see who screams

          You do understand sarcasm and hyperbole, right? I really doubt the OP was being 100% literally serious.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:01am

    Lots of people are mad about stuff on the big internet sites... and are responding by attacking those companies (not the cause of the bad stuff on those platforms),

    The big Internet companies can be found and fined with little effort, so this is typical politicians attacking the tools, rather than fixing the real problems.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:14am

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      We already have laws, old ones even, that make some speech illegal. But apparently it's too hard to go after those individuals so they're trying to deputize the platforms the police everything posted by the public. Of course by "deputize" I mean "do it or be fined into bankruptcy". Insanity.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 9:35am

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        Not so sure about the illegal speech claim.

        Isn't it the verbalized intent that is illegal rather than the words themselves? For example, look at he charges filed - are the words listed as being illegal or is it the intended action(s) that are listed as the offense committed?

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:07am

    Censorship under the guise of protection

    People need to understand that all the harm that internet censorship laws are a feature, not a bug. They know they are lying to us, claiming to be protecting us from "harmful" content, when in reality they are really cracking down on opposition and dissent. Yet they don't care that they are lying because there is nothing we can realistically do about it.

    We are witnessing the death of the internet as we know, being murdered in cold blood by authoritarian Governments that are supposed to be democracies, but have begun to aspire to be like China and North Korea, all to entrench it's own power and to enrich the traditional media companies. This is nothing but a power grab and heist of wealth and rights, and I don't think we have the power to realistically stop it.

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    bobob, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:28am

    Consistency doesn't seem to be a prerequisite for any legislation of any sort, anywhere. Expecting consistency in legislation regarding something the legislators understand even less than everyday life 100 years ago, would really be expecting way too much. Legislators ought to be forced to write legislation with crayons until they demonstrate an ability to think faster than they can write with crayons.

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    ItsJustBegun, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:33am

    Expect Much More of this from Govs

    Facebook, Google (youtube), et. have all had plenty of time to come up with solutions...

    They said they cared, said they were working on solutions and yet the problems of content moderation of their systems remain.

    It's time for governments to start kicking corporate unaccountably to the curb and arrest execs, fine companies based on gross % of profits and slow the refuse that happens on their systems.

    If they can't manage the content, then they are too big and must be broken into little regional entities that can.

    The 1st amendment doesn't apply anywhere outside of the U.S. and it's been used against the republic for years..

    I'm all for other countries getting heavy handed against Facebook, Youtube, et to the point that U.S. corporations have no choice but to accept the limitations imposed...

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:37am

      Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

      You can thank the cyberbullies and Section 230 for this.

      Pick on people long enough and they WILL fight back. Hard.

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        Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 1:21pm

        Re: Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

        “Pick on people long enough and they WILL fight back. Hard.”

        Like make vague threats and threaten to call the police?

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        Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 6:58am

        Re: Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

        "You can thank the cyberbullies and Section 230 for this."

        Ah, so you threatening to sexually assault people was what, a polite and tactful discourse?

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:00am

      If they can't manage the content, then they are too big and must be broken into little regional entities that can.

      Psst. Content moderation does not scale well. A service that is one-quarter the size of YouTube would have issues doing it. Government mandates will not change that fact.

      The 1st amendment doesn't apply anywhere outside of the U.S. and it's been used against the republic for years

      And until the First Amendment stops applying to corporations inside the United States, it cannot and should not be used against them. Any attempt by the government to mandate what legal speech can and cannot show up on a social interaction network, no matter how big it is or what form it takes, is an attempt to silence forms of speech that are legal but that the government — or rather, the people currently in the government — find distasteful enough to want censored.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:31am

      Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

      The problem with moderation is not the size of the companies, but rather the number of comments and posting being made by people. The Number of moderators requires to moderate the Internet, is determined by the rate of submissions of comments and contents across the Internet, and not the size of companies.

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      Gary (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:47am

      Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

      It's time for governments to start kicking corporate unaccountably to the curb and arrest execs, fine companies based on gross % of profits and slow the refuse that happens on their systems.

      This statement from a refuse-spouting AC?

      What moral or legal reasons does Facebook have to "Manage" it's content as you see fit?

      Obviously the AC does not intend individual posts to be held to the same standards as FB, considering the stream of insults, bullying and fake news they proudly repeat.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:56am

      Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

      And then we just have to find a court that says you are wrong and it won’t matter lol

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:59pm

      Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

      Facebook, Google (youtube), et. have all had plenty of time to come up with solutions...

      Kinda funny, huh, that Facebook and Google were unable to solve the fact that there are some bad people in the world, huh? So now we're going to blame Facebook and Google for failing to make all the people in the world good and kind, and then we're going to fine Google and Facebook. Boy, that'll sure stop people from being bad.

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      PaulT (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 12:54am

      Re: Expect Much More of this from Govs

      "Facebook, Google (youtube), et. have all had plenty of time to come up with solutions..."

      They have, but morons like you didn't accept the fact that they don't have a magic wand.

      But, hey, since YouTube and their $100 million filters couldn't stop these things, it's sure that their potential competition will not be able to either, and so you have yet again supported handing them everything.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:36am

    "Saying mean things" is called BULLYING. Cyberbullies (several of whom are quite friendly with Masnick) won't like this law, but that's too bad for them. At some point, my entire archive of just how many of these bullies there are, their ties to Masnick, and what they have said will be dropped in an article, but let's just say the juvenile blogger's whining is not surprising.

    None of these folks could take what they dish out, instead relying on the good nature of their targets, which they mistake for weakness, a very large mistake, especially given how much to lose these folks have, professionally speaking.

    Some of the "mean things" said to me by someone with ties to Masnick included inciting someone to threaten to come to my home and kill me, which is what triggered the ongoing police involvement. These folks know how anyone else would respond to that type of "mean thing" being said, but seemed to think it did not apply to me.

    Time will tell, motherfucker.

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      bobob, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:57am

      Re:

      Your right to free speech is your right to be offended.

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      Stephen T. Stone (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:05am

      "Saying mean things" is called BULLYING.

      Given the mean things you have said about Mike, you might want to think twice about throwing a rock through the window of your glass house.

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        That One Guy (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 12:59pm

        Re:

        No worries, that window, the wall around it, and the rest of the house have long been smashed to pieces with all the hypocritical rocks they've lobbed.

        You almost have to wonder at times, are they so delusional that they can't see their own hypocrisy, is it arrogant stupidity in thinking that others won't see their hypocrisy, or(as I believe to be the case at this point) intentional so they can scratch the persecution complex/fetish I suspect they have by having people call their hypocrisy and/or bogus claims/arguments out?

        If they were actually worth more than a passing musing it would be an interesting question, but as-is motives matter less than putting that good old report button through it's paces on their comments whenever they show, with the added entertainment that it's merely applying the rules they want applied to others to them.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:32am

      Re:

      "Saying mean things" is called BULLYING.

      So you are a bully, because you say mean things like motherfucker.

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      btr1701 (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:59am

      Re:

      Time will tell, motherfucker.

      Wow. That was mean. The government should shut you up.

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      Chip, 9 Apr 2019 @ 12:05pm

      Re:

      You BULLIES keep taking "advantage" of my Good Nature! I am so "good-Natured", you bullis end "knobs" and Sycophants and Motherfuckers just can't "stand" it!

      I'll "show" you All! My "good Nature" is not Weakeness! My Mom says I'm tough and "brave"! That's why I "spend" all my "free" Time anomynololsy ranting on Tech "dirt" and also eating Delicious, "delcious" paint Chips.

      Every Nation eats the Paint chips it Deserves!

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 12:13pm

      Re: officer smith

      👮‍♀️:john you call us again I’m putting your ass in a cell.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 12:28pm

      Re:

      “Saying mean things is called bullying”
      That’s right John And in the spirit of anti bullying.
      I plant a flag of justice lol
      “Clicks flag button”

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 1:23pm

      Re: Crybaby Jhon at it again

      “Time will tell, motherfucker.”

      Is that a threat? I’d call the cops but we all know that like your dick, your threats are completely impotent.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 1:36pm

      Re: TDCF 4 Life

      By the way bro have a funny vote because you actually made me laugh in an out loud fashion when I thought about you dropping your entire archive of screenshots off at the police station and demanding that they arrest the ring leader of the Techdirt Crime Family; Mike Masnick, his Capos Dark Helmet and Hot Karl Bode. In addition, 714 Anonymous Cowards, A Thad, One Stephen T. Stone, Some Dude Named Gary, and a Paint Chip.

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      Gary (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 1:43pm

      Re:

      Some of the "mean things" said to me by someone with ties to Masnick included inciting someone to threaten to come to my home and kill me, which is what triggered the ongoing police involvement. These folks know how anyone else would respond to that type of "mean thing" being said, but seemed to think it did not apply to me.

      Please stop with the lies, you dumb motherfucker.

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        That One Guy (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 2:26pm

        Re: Re:

        They can't, if they stopped lying they'd have nothing left to say.

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          Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:39am

          Re: Re: Re:

          I've never seen anything like that in the comments, ergo liar is lying.

          Meanwhile, I've had some creep try to get me fired from my job by directly contacting my employers, telling lies about me. I had to get an email from the local police to show them I wasn't under investigation for extortion, or anything.

          And I'm still not demanding that the government "Do something" about it.

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            Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 4:37am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            "Meanwhile, I've had some creep try to get me fired from my job by directly contacting my employers, telling lies about me. I had to get an email from the local police to show them I wasn't under investigation for extortion, or anything."

            Wouldn't be surprised to find old Bobmail behind something like that.

            Although he might be very surprised to find that if the police can henceforth ever identify him he's the one going down for libel.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 3:05pm

      Re:

      You do realize that you are being, in this very post of yours, mean and a bully and that if these laws come to pass, you would be gone after for exactly what you accuse this site for, right?

      At some point, my entire archive of just how many of these bullies there are, their ties to Masnick, and what they have said will be dropped in an article, but let's just say the juvenile blogger's whining is not surprising.

      Yawn. You going to get off the schoolyard playground any time soon?

      None of these folks could take what they dish out

      You've yet to approach anything remotely resembling the level that we dish out. Indeed, it would appear that most of it flies over your head by a good couple of miles.

      instead relying on the good nature of their targets, which they mistake for weakness, a very large mistake

      We haven't mistaken the fact that you are an idiot, moron, spineless and will never follow through on any of your threats. Which, by the way, would not be allowed under the proposed laws.

      especially given how much to lose these folks have, professionally speaking.

      Such as?

      Some of the "mean things" said to me by someone with ties to Masnick included inciting someone to threaten to come to my home and kill me, which is what triggered the ongoing police involvement.

      Proof or it didn't happen. Mike sure hasn't mentioned anything about being investigated by the police, and I'm pretty sure that's something he would mention.

      These folks know how anyone else would respond to that type of "mean thing" being said, but seemed to think it did not apply to me.

      The police don't investigate calls of "Some random person on the internet called me a mean name! Waaaaah!".

      Time will tell, motherfucker.

      And you complain about TD and other people being mean. Hypocrite much?

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 7:02am

      Re:

      "Some of the "mean things" said to me by someone with ties to Masnick included inciting someone to threaten to come to my home and kill me, which is what triggered the ongoing police involvement. "

      Would that be the mean thing were someone threatened to rape all the "aspies" in this forum?

      Oh, wait. That was you.

      I'm sure the police, if involved in any other way than asking you to please stop wasting their time, would love to have a look at your "proof" - alongside your own commentary.

      Almost sad their involvement is a figment of your personal revenge porn fantasy rather than part of factual reality.

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    Bamboo Harvester (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:41am

    Of course the list of violations is vague...

    ...It's NOT censorship, an attack on free speech, protections for The Chiiiildren, or any other such.

    LOOK at it.

    Do just about anything on the internet and you're in violation.

    What happens to violators?

    THEY GIVE MONEY TO THE GOVERNMENT.

    It's a TAX - cost of doing business. But to CALL it that won't fly, so it's to "Fight Terrorism!" - by giving the government money....

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:50am

    May is so full of shit, you can smell her a mile off! this is just punishment for her failure to actually do anything for the people in the fuck up she and her 'comrades' have made over Brexit! because she cant get 'her deal' through, others have got to be to blame and therefore punished! and she's in charge of a country! what a moron!

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 10:52am

    Is there anything they won't try to distract from the fact the screwed up with Brexit??

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 7:10am

      Re:

      "Is there anything they won't try to distract from the fact the screwed up with Brexit??"

      To be fair there are three reasons Brexit was screwed up.

      1) The EU putting the UK's balls in as tight a vice as possible for daring to leave, as a warning unto others.
      2) The UK parliament which basically demanded "everything we get from the EU today, but without paying any dues" and flatlined the negotiations she actually managed to come home with.
      3) Theresa May.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:04am

    It's all about stifling dissent and creating a more-or-less Federal Network like in the movie Starship Troopers.

    "Would you like to know more?"

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 11:04am

    Run the servers in international waters

    The microstate Sealand did it a while ago. Their status is disputed though, because the English oppressors extented their sea borders. Another (fictional) example is The Boat That Rocked. So that's what Facebook gotta do: build giant server farms on the sea ground, thus foiling these petty attempts at censorship. Regarding the costs, a moon server farm might be even more worth it, at least in the long term. Just think of the huge ad space, with perfect illumination from the sun.

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 12:04pm

      Re: Run the servers in international waters

      Regarding the costs, a moon server farm might be even more worth it

      The ping time of aproximately 2.8s might be a slight problem for human interactions with the servers.

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      btr1701 (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 12:17pm

      Re: Run the servers in international waters

      So that's what Facebook gotta do: build giant server farms on the sea ground, thus foiling these petty attempts at censorship.

      Nothing so dramatic. All they have to do is leave the UK. Run it all from the U.S. and these laws won't apply. Let the UK politicians block them and endure the howls of protests from millions of their enraged constituents.

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    Federico (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 1:30pm

    Harmful Brexit

    "How Brexit is affecting our mental health"
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/04/anger-and-frustration-how-brexit-is-af fecting-our-mental-health

    Given the most harmful content for millions of citizens and their sanity is the Brexit debate, maybe this proposal hopes to shut down all broadcasting of Brexit news so that the people can finally stick their head under the sand and rest their tiny precious heads.

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 3:05pm

    Bullet trains

    It used to take six hours to drive from Los Angeles CA/US to San Francisco. So we built a bullet train and it shortened the trip to only one hour. Because we didn't have a lot of money or government support we used private rights of way and private cars, and well, you had to stand for that hour. That was still great because, hey one hour!

    Then some newspaper people and some politicians wanted to come on our train and we said "Hey why not" and they rode. They said it was unsafe and passed laws. Now we had to put doors on... and seats... and seat belts... and nobody was allowed to stand. Still one hour!!

    Then someone talked the train attendants into joining a club where they could collectively bargain to work less and earn more. Our prices went up but the service went down. Still one hour!!

    Then Amtrak said it wasn't fair we were competing with them, and essentially taking money away from Amtrak, and they can't make the trip in one hour so we should slow down. They bought enough politicians to pass that law. So now... four hours.

    The Internet started as a free-to-all communication media that equalized access to everyone. The various rules and laws from CDA to FOSTA to SESTA to GDPR to the Australia and now UK anti-harm laws... all they've done is gut the "free" "all" and "communication."

    Censorship is bad, but people know it's there. This is much much more insidious and worse. You can also bet there will be carve-outs just as there are for spam callers.. allowing the politicians to say whatever they like, while us voters/taxpayers are gagged and robbed.

    Six hours in a car never felt so good. Thanks, John Gilmore.

    E

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    smbryant (profile), 9 Apr 2019 @ 5:01pm

    "Think of the children"

    Tens of thousands of British children living in poverty. Tens of thousands homeless. British public school teachers spending their own money to buy their students food and shoes.

    But sure, go ahead and devote yourselves to attacking "harmful content".

    How utterly contemptible.

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      Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 5:38am

      Re: "Think of the children"

      That's what you get with a right wing government in power. It can only get worse.

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 7:15am

      Re: "Think of the children"

      "But sure, go ahead and devote yourselves to attacking "harmful content"."

      These are the sort of people who care about what is said.

      Not about what is being done.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 5:13pm

    Female genital mutilation is bad ...

    but male isn't?
    WTF?
    Oh, this is being proposed by a woman. That explains a lot.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2019 @ 7:31pm

    "Excessive screen time" is now illegal if you're underage? How would that be monitored(?)

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    PaulT (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 12:52am

    I'll just say what I've been saying for a long time - having grown up under Thatcher, this kind of crap is par for the course under the Tories, and it's a great example of why people are utterly deluded if they think that Brexit will even begin to slow the stuff they complain about the EU doing, let alone stop it.

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      Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 5:39am

      Re:

      What's worse is that deluded people blame the EU for austerity. It's a Tory policy. The idea is to shut down all public services and make them all for-profit.

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        Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 9:41am

        Re: Re:

        "The idea is to shut down all public services and make them all for-profit."

        The proponents of this "idea" have not thought it through to its inevitable end. If they had, they would not be promoting it.

        There are many things for which private business is ill-equipped to handle and I doubt many of these proponents have any idea what they are asking for.

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    Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 5:32am

    I hope they'll tackle hate speech too...

    ...and extend this to the print media. Tory party out in 3...2..1...

    I'm not even joking, the main reason that incompetent wretch May and her ridiculous clown car pile-up of a government is still in power is down to the right wing press, of which the Daily Mail is one.

    If they want to make such laws they need to apply to everyone, not just those platforms accepting user uploads.

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      Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 7:43am

      Re: I hope they'll tackle hate speech too...

      "I'm not even joking, the main reason that incompetent wretch May and her ridiculous clown car pile-up of a government is still in power is down to the right wing press, of which the Daily Mail is one."

      It could be worse.

      Cameron could still be in charge.

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      That One Guy (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 1:06pm

      Re: I hope they'll tackle hate speech too...

      If they want to make such laws they need to apply to everyone, not just those platforms accepting user uploads.

      [ERROR. Assumed honesty not found].

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    crade (profile), 10 Apr 2019 @ 6:24am

    According to the survey results 6% of people answer stupid surveys honestly.

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    Dave P., 10 Apr 2019 @ 10:53am

    Bullying et al

    I really don't get this notion of on-line bullying. The immediate answer is NOT to use such trash as Faecesbook, Whatscrap or Twatter. They're just turning people into zombies with scrambled brains and have a lot to answer for. Just don't use "social media", read it, subscribe or get anywhere near it with the proverbial barge-pole. What could be easier? What's the matter with these moaning Minnies - are they some sort of masochists? Do they actually ENJOY reading drivel about themselves, written by some unhinged troll? There has got to some major sociological problem for someone to commit suicide, just because some charmless idiot has thrown a few meaningless insults about.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2019 @ 2:42pm

    "help restore public trust in this technology"

    I trusted the Internet way more when it wasn't run by governments and big data.

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    cattress (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:05am

    I'm going to advocate for the ugly

    I know this is going to sound horrible, but bear with me. We should stop all the calls for platforms to remove content, even child porn and terrorist propaganda. Child porn is horrible and I don't understand what kind of wiring has been crossed in people's brains that makes them seek out such a terrible and abusive thing. But the taboo and dangerous nature can spark dark curiosity; places where child porn was more available had a correlation with lower rates of sexually abused children. There may be ways to help people who are driven to seek out this content if we lesson the stigma from irredeemable piece of shit deserving of torture to mentally ill person in need of treatment. It's heartbreaking that so many children have been exploited, but the ways we deal with it now aren't preventing new crimes.
    And similarly, terrorist propaganda can be used to combat terrorism. People can't keep secrets and the more these groups operate in the open, the more likely we can thwart an attack. We can also intervene in radicalization and combat their bad speech with good.
    The more underground we push things, like drugs and prostitution, clearly the more violent and dangerous they become. On the other hand, we can acknowledge the dangerous and ugly parts of humanity, and learn how to avoid or get away from them. We can reach out to victims more easily, which we learned with the stupid SESTA law.
    And I'm not saying that anyone who exploits a child or commits terrorism shouldn't be accountable to the law, only that we don't criminalize the consumers. And I certainly don't wish to be exposed to many repugnant things on the internet just to keep in touch with friends and family, nor do I think anyone should have to put up with bullying or harassment. Which is why users need more control over content and privacy.

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      Wendy Cockcroft (profile), 11 Apr 2019 @ 2:50am

      Re: I'm going to advocate for the ugly

      But the taboo and dangerous nature can spark dark curiosity; places where child porn was more available had a correlation with lower rates of sexually abused children.

      So which children should "take one for the team" in order to reduce rates of abuse against other children? In any case, abusers feed off each other and are emboldened by this stuff to do ever-worse things to kids. I remember when the Paedophile Information Exchange was a thing; they actually tried to make it respectable, the creeps. A fetish like any other, kind of thing. Ugh! Allowing it to proliferate online in any form is therefore the last thing anyone should do. The trouble with thrill-seekers is that sooner or later they get jaded and want a bigger thrill.

      There may be ways to help people who are driven to seek out this content if we lesson the stigma from irredeemable piece of shit deserving of torture to mentally ill person in need of treatment.

      I concur, but at no point do we ever accommodate such attitudes by giving them a "safe" way of indulging their vile perversion. We don't treat murderers or violent people by showing them war films in the hope of encouraging them to be more gentle.

      It's heartbreaking that so many children have been exploited, but the ways we deal with it now aren't preventing new crimes.

      That's because the resources required to treat such people before they commit crimes aren't being funded. This is why healthcare ought to be treated as a public good, not as a commodity to be bought and sold.

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        cattress (profile), 12 Apr 2019 @ 4:53am

        Re: Re: I'm going to advocate for the ugly

        I know, I agree that the idea is upsetting. Its not fair to the children who have been victimized. They deserve everything society can do to try to make them as close to whole again as possible. And perpetrators must be brought to justice. But there is correlation between lower rates of sexual abuse and availability of child porn. There is validity to the idea of safe space to view this material preventing potential abusers from acting on the impulse by indulging the desire. And by taking away the criminality of consuming this material, social workers, victims advocates, mental health professionals can reach these people (and victims) more easily before they seek out a victim. And there is a disturbing number of adults who admit to watching abusive material, whether out of curiosity or as some sort of thrill. But the same concern about escalating behavior can be said for rape fantasy porn. I don't understand it, and supposedly women are the main or significant consumers, but it's not driving up sexual assaults. I don't really want to draw the comparison, but violent video games and movies don't cause violence or desensitize people.
        People are never going to seek mental health treatment for child porn proclivities even if care was totally free and abundantly available because of the stigma and crushing legal consequences. These are separate social issues for now.
        The whole issue is really disturbing and upsetting to me. Since becoming a mom I find myself significantly more bothered by news stories about babies and children being hurt or killed- almost always by the parents. And the government separations of children at the border tore me apart; the Yemeni children pictures make me well up with tears. I don't want to see more kids harmed and I think we need to stop repeating failing ideas. Prohibition never works.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Apr 2019 @ 12:15pm

    I wonder how the people who gave their lives for the UK in the Second World War would feel about how their population became a bunch of snivelling pussies.

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