So much for that whole First Amendment thing. According to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a former Prime Minister of Denmark and a current member of Facebook’s Oversight (read, “Censorship”) Board — the same body that upheld a two-year ban of former President Donald Trump — free speech is “not an absolute human right.”
“What we’re trying to find, of course, I think many of us engaging in this conversation, is that middle road. How do you moderate content and how do you find that balance between human rights and free speech, which is a human right, but also other human rights because free speech is not an absolute human right,” she said during a live stream of Politico’s Tech 28 spotlight.
“It has to be balanced with all the human rights and that is what the oversight is there to do,” she added.
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Here’s video as posted to Twitter by Politico Europe:
“Free speech is not an absolute human right,” says Helle Thorning Schmidt, member of Facebook’s Oversight Board and former PM of Denmark. “It has to be balanced with other human rights.”
How does that translate to content moderation? It must strike a balance, find a middle. pic.twitter.com/E5reaQ2bnk
— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) July 15, 2021
“Now we have the oversight board which is a completely new invention to do this work and of course, I want to say that I think this is a very very positive new way of doing it,” she said, referring to Facebook’s latest censorship effort.
Writing at The Federalist, Jordan Davidson added:
Thorning-Schmidt previously argued in favor of Facebook’s oversight board colluding with other tech oligarchs to create a mass digital suppression campaign that spreads across all platforms.
“I don’t see the UN coming up with a solution that could work as quickly as the Facebook oversight board and that would have the right funding, the right members and that could take independent decisions that could be respected by the social media companies,” she said in May. “We are set up for other companies to join in the future.”
Just this week, the U.S. Surgeon General unveiled guidance pressuring tech giants to punish any COVID-19 dissidents guilty of spreading what they label as “misinformation” with excess censorship and surveillance.
Naturally, quite a few on Twitter had something to say about this.
— DropkickBob (@DropkickTheDems) July 15, 2021
What human rights would free speech conflict with?
— Prince Charles (@deTalleyrand93) July 15, 2021
Good question. Don’t ever expect an answer, though.
In the United States free speech absolutely is a human right. Even when it’s speech you don’t like.
— Mack Williams (@IAmMackWilliams) July 15, 2021
It’s all spelled out right there in something called the First Amendment.
You need free speech in order to maintain other human rights. How can you balance human rights by limiting discussion about them?
— Mrs. Mabel (@mrsmabel46) July 15, 2021
You can either speak your mind (for instance telling Europeans who don’t respect free speech to go fck themselves) or you cannot. There is no middle ground.
— George Alexopoulos 🇺🇲 (@GPrime85) July 15, 2021
This type of talk should terrify you.
— Isidro Prince (@IsidroPrince4) July 15, 2021
Indeed, it should terrify anyone with more than two fully functioning brain cells. Liberals, however, seem to be just fine with this kind of authoritarianism.
Speech is either free or it isn’t. There is no middle.
— Chillbytes 🕹️ (@chillbytes) July 15, 2021
Twitchy reminds us this comes on the heels of news that the Biden Regime is now working with Facebook, flagging COVID posts for censorship it doesn’t like.
ACTUAL govt. censorship: Jen Psaki admits WH in touch with Big Tech, has been ‘flagging’ problematic COVID posts on Facebook https://t.co/pWmvRB6upk
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 15, 2021
Welcome to “1984,” America.
By the way, American-Israeli Adina Kutnicki and I warned about this type of totalitarianism in our groundbreaking 2016 book, “Banned: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad,” available at Amazon.
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