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This just in: If you're suspected of posting hate speech in France, Facebook is going to turn you in to the authorities. In a move straight out of some third-rate, 1984 knock-off, Facebook and the French government will decide what you're allowed to say online.
The move comes after the French government decided to fine the social media giant up to 4% of their global revenue if they failed to remove hate speech from their platforms. Germany has a similar law. If hate speech isn't removed in 24 hours? Pay up.
This is disturbing on every level. It all boils down to what IS "hate speech" and who gets to define it? If you call someone ugly, is THAT hate speech?
French laws are pretty broad. They cover ethnicity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. So try not to post anything remotely controversial on French Facebook or else! French Big Brother is watching. Normally I'd make a joke about French Big Brother but maybe not today. Don't wanna get locked up.
And it's hard to blame Facebook. Their financial balls are in a vice. Four percent of global revenue? That's a big-ass number! So French Big Brother turned up the heat and Facebook caved. They caved bigly.
Now the question is: Will they cave in the U.S.? Seems like a pretty simple shakedown. Do what we say, or else. All in the name of eliminating "hate speech."
Beware free thinkers, I fear they'll be coming to our shores soon. If you've been following our stories on Google and YouTube, you could make the argument they're already here.
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