Cruz at Tech Censorship Hearing: Who Defines ‘Hate Speech?’

NewsBusters | 4/12/2019 | Staff
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At the Senate Judiciary hearing on April 10, Republican senators went beyond establishing the liberal biases of Silicon Valley social media giants, and questioned the very idea of “hate speech.” Senator Ted Cruz proclaimed not only that banning “emotionally” harmful content is absurd, but that “None of us have a right to live in a world free of being offended.”

The hearing was titled “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse” and featured representatives from two social media company representatives being questioned by Republicans and Democrats.

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Senator Ben Sasse mentioned an incident where a pro-life post featuring a Mother Theresa quote was taken down. He asked “Do you believe that a pro-life position is tantamount to ‘hate speech?’” He predicted that under scrutiny they would say ‘no’ for the sake of appearances, but pressed further “Tell us what the debate looks like inside your company about hate speech and about extreme viewpoints... can you define ‘hate speech?’”

Facebook’s representative claimed that the company defines “hate speech” as attacks against “protected characteristics like race, gender, religion, nationality ethnicity, sexual orientation, as well as serious disability.” In politically-correct environment where honest facts are considered sexist, racist, or transphobic, the truth could be considered ‘hate speech.’ The representative continued, “we define attack to mean something like using words that are dehumanizing, calls for violence, contempt or disgust, exclusion or segregation.”

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Of course, conservatism is based around Natural Law, which can be considered exclusionary by inclusion-obsessed liberals. Saying men and women are fundamentally different and should use different restrooms based upon their natural sex could be considered “segregation” by Facebook’s liberal standards.

Senator Cruz later...
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