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The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Wednesday held a hearing on “Violence, Extremism and Digital Responsibility,” with the heads of three of America’s largest social media titans – Google, Facebook, and Twitter – as well as a representative from the far-left Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
What came out of the hearing was downright disturbing: there is a general consensus among our tech overlords that law enforcement needs to be more involved in policing the activities of social media users. In other words, instead of the figurative speech police, which operates with impunity and bans conservatives on social media for expressing ordinary conservative opinions, members of the government, Big Tech, and the ADL now want the literal police to play a more active role online.
Reasons - Department - Justice - Coordination - Years
“Well one of the reasons I’m definitely going to be calling on [the] Department of Justice to ask what more we can do in this coordination is several years ago, Interpol, Microsoft, others tried to address on an international basis child pornography to better skill law enforcement at policing crime scenes online,” Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said. “I would assume that the representatives today would be supportive, maybe helpful, maybe even financially helpful in trying to address these crimes as they exist today as hate crimes on the dark side of the web.”
The hearing was held amid the backdrop of mass shootings wherein the perpetrators allegedly posted manifestos on 8chan.
Problem - Cantwell - Plan - Online - Crime
The problem with Cantwell’s plan of policing speech online is that it is not a crime to post on any website, even 8chan, like it is to upload child pornography to the internet. How does the DOJ plan to police non-crimes?
Still, the representatives from the tech companies bobbed their heads in agreement that more law enforcement...
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