Google, Facebook, Twitter Vow To Censor Hate Speech In Less Than 24 Hours
(Last Updated On: May 31, 2016)

The giants of social media will attempt to censor designated forms of hate speech in under 24 hours of being notified about it. That’s their new claim – no, scratch that. That’s their new “vow” to the European Commission when it comes to dealing with hate speech online.

According Bloomberg Technology [via KiA] Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Facebook want to go beyond the criminal laws of hate speech and further censor content that can be classified as hate speech.

They say this initiative was kicked up following attacks in Brussels and Paris by Islamic states that supposedly used the web to coordinate their attacks. I honestly have no idea how further limiting or censoring hate speech online has anything to do with the heinous acts committed in real life against innocent individuals considering that if they aren’t using public social media they would still organize through private utilities and chat services. It’s the equivalent of DRM laced in AAA titles supposedly designed to curb piracy, when the only people it really hinders are legitimate customers (viz., Dark Void says ‘Hi’)

Twitter’s head of public policy, Karen White, commented about the new move to further censor what the media deems as hate speech, stating…

“We remain committed to letting the Tweets flow,” […] “However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.”

Examples of this particular brand of hate speech were nil. In fact, we have no idea – based on the Bloomberg piece – exactly what qualifies as “hate speech”.

We’ve seen some individuals classify disagreements as “harassment”, and others attempting to use opposing political views as a sign of targeted hate.

The only thing they mention in the article is that in the joint statement by the larger online corporations, it was stated that internet user activity needs to be…

“expeditiously reviewed by online intermediaries and social media platforms, upon receipt of a valid notification, in an appropriate time-frame,”

This doesn’t seem to bode well for the average user when these kind of wide sweeping labels of “hate speech” can be used to shut down conversations, discussions or trains of thoughts that some people may not like, even if they aren’t advocating harm or hate. For example, the One Angry Gamer Tumblr account has been terminated for the second time within the span of 30 days with absolutely no explanation whatsoever and no notifications about any rules being violated or terms of use being broken.

This kind of targeted censorship as a means to “combat the use of social media by terrorists” is starting to look more and more like larger media conglomerates pushing very hard to control what you see, how you see it, what you say and where you’re allowed to say it. This comes as very little surprise on the heels of Facebook admitting to tinkering with the Trends in order to force users to take interest in specific cultural topics, and Microsoft forcing their Windows 10 OS on users who blatantly made it known that they did not want it.

(Main image courtesy of Lisa M)

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  • Mr.Towel

    hah, twitter is going to ban a lot of women then:

    • C G Saturation

      What kind of simplistic moron assumes that any one word is by absolute definition “misogynistic”, anyway?

  • Leo Lee

    Disgusting. You know very well what kind of “hate speech” will be removed. Even then it shouldn’t be removed at all, especially larger things like google.

    • scemar

      they will censor someone like milo who criticizes bad policies, but ignore the trigglypuffs telling him to kill himself

    • You know very well what kind of “hate speech” will be removed.

      Actually, to be honest… I don’t what they’re referencing outside of “speech we don’t like”.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Remember Startpage is a thing.

    • Leo Lee

      What is Startpage?

  • Gerg Arata
    • That is some serious BS… seriously. Sometimes it seems like reporting on so much of that BS would move the site too far out of the gaming territory. But it’s just so ridiculous. Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and Google aren’t even trying to hide being corporate dictators these days… they’re just out-and-about with it as if they know most people won’t do anything to stop them.

      • RevDr. Robert Foster, AbC, EfG

        They won’t. Too many are apathetic. How do you think these clowns got into power in the first place?

      • C G Saturation

        Usually people go into denial if I try to bring it up. They don’t want to accept that the world is this messed up. Although it’s not like any of us can do anything about it anyway.

  • scemar

    Big people have interests, actions set in motion

    for their own benefit, at the cost of everyone else

    people rebelling against them is against their interests

    that’s why it’s so obvious that all mainstream media is so blatantly under a filter of sorts

    then social media, online communication, and decentralization of information happens

    this is nothing but an attempt to retake control over the population, and just as those in power have done before, they are using any stupid excuse, if it isn’t witches or heresay, today it is “harassment”

    the sjw are just useful idiots in all of this, at the core of it is the eternal struggle, of the ones on top of society, and the rest

  • C G Saturation

    Google, Facebook and Twitter all have reputations for being biased assholes. They often censor shit they don’t like, and have been busted many times for manipulating public opinion in various ways. And yet, they’re still getting away with it, with people trusting them fully. They see no reason to stop.

    Isn’t this such a great world that we’re living in?

    • Ghost

      Tell me about it! You know how fucking hard it is to find furry pron that isn’t a guy dressed up as a hyena while doing it with a fat chick?

  • Hawk Hopper

    I have no idea what the elites at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Microsoft consider to be “hate speech”. They censor at their whim and the whim of the hyper-sensitives that they hire to ban accounts, ban posts, ban hashtags, and ban anything else that they feel like.

    I also don’t know what they’re talking about in regards to the terrorist in Paris using social media to help carry out the attacks. I know some of them were searching for “detonators” and such, and they called each other, but what does that have to do with the average user on social media? Nothing.

    But I still hear and read pundits acting as though the government monitoring and censoring its citizens will prevent future terrorist attacks, but they’ve been saying that for years and the terror acts continue.

    Also, did Tumblr recently ban your account after you contacted them on Twitter and they reinstated it?

    • Also, did Tumblr recently ban your account after you contacted them on Twitter and they reinstated it?

      Yep. They did it again. I had to contact them again about it.

      The first time I could chalk it up to a mistake, some error on the part of an over-zealous worker. But the second time removes all doubt. Someone is doing it deliberately.

    • scemar

      if things don’t make sense from one point of view, try to change perspective

      if hate speech can’t be defined, thus it cannot be removed

      but something is going to be removed

      then try to explain the situation, why would they remove something they cannot define?

      truth is very simple, they’re telling us “hate speech”, but they really mean “opinions against our agendas”

      hate speech isn’t something they will remove if they identify it

      no, hate speech is a term they will attempt to use to label any opinion that differs from their program

      it’s the modern equivalent of labeling something a sin because someone might question what those in power are doing

      people think society has gotten smarter, but people are still the same, they still fall for the same tactics

  • What’s the odds on SJW’s/feminist’s own “hate speech” being allowed to run amok on these platforms? You know, the ones with the ‘correct’ political agenda.

    What determines “hate speech” anyway? Anyone can deem something they dislike as “hate speech” and get him/her censored. That’s why SJWs/feminists are celebrating this.

    Free speech is continuously being eroded as each day comes.

    Time to find new platforms now, hopefully a good alternative arises.

    The regressive left, SJWs and feminism are absolute cancer.

    • Gerg Arata

      Horseshoe theory…. it’s funny how much the far right begins to resemble the far left

      • scemar

        Who’d guess, the deeper people go into worshiping any ideology, less they criticize bad ideas, and crazier their actions become.