In Australia, a new law on livestreaming terror attacks doesn’t take into account how the internet actually works


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In response to the livestreamed terror attack in New Zealand last month, new laws have just been passed by the Australian Parliament. These laws amend the Commonwealth Criminal Code, adding two substantive new criminal offenses. Both are aimed not at terrorists but at technology companies. And how that’s done is where some of the new measures fall down. The legislation was rushed through with neither consultation nor sufficient discussion. The laws focus on abhorrent violent material — capturing the terrorist incident in New Zealand, but also online content created by a person carrying out a murder, attempted murder, torture, rape, or violent kidnapping. The laws do not cover material captured by third parties who witness a crime — only content from an attacker, their accomplices, or someone who attempts to join the violence. The aim is to prevent perpetrators of extreme violence from using the internet to glorify or
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Trump Rally Crowd Offers Some Polite Clapping for Trump’s Appeal Against Censoring the Press


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At President Donald Trump‘s rally in West Virginia on Tuesday night, he spoke out against censorship, saying he’d even be willing to tolerate “fake news” if it meant no one would be singled out and censored. The crowd of Trump fans were mostly pretty okay with that they guess. “We’re also standing up to social media censorship, that’s the new thing. That’s the new thing,” he began. “You know, I’d rather have fake news like CNN. I would rather have fake news–” At this point the crowd was passionately booing the “fake news”, specifically CNN, who are the “enemy of the people” according to Trump. “It’s true–,” he said over the loud booing, “then have anybody, including liberal socialists, anything, then have anybody stopped and censored. You’ve got to live, we have to live with it. We gotta get used to, we’ve got to live with fake news.” Continue reading "Trump Rally Crowd Offers Some Polite Clapping for Trump’s Appeal Against Censoring the Press"

Facebook Apologizes for Removing Conservative Site’s Posts


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Facebook has issued an apology after it removed content from Prager University’s Facebook page, prompting the organization to claim “we’re being heavily censored.” “We mistakenly removed these videos and have restored them because they don’t break our standards,” Facebook wrote on Twitter on Friday. Facebook added: “This will reverse any reduction in content distribution you’ve experienced. We’re very sorry and are continuing to look into what happened with your Page.” The posts removed talked about Israel’s right to exist and posited that the Paris Climate Accord doesn’t help the earth. PragerU responded to Facebook’s apology by asking, “Does anyone really believe this was Continue reading "Facebook Apologizes for Removing Conservative Site’s Posts"

Trump Rails on Twitter Against Conservative Social Media Censorship: ‘Too Many Voices Are Being Destroyed’


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On Saturday, President Trump got on Twitter and accused social media companies of censoring conservative voices when their platforms should allow for “good and bad” speech. Judging by the timing of these tweets, its possible Trump is defending Alex Continue reading "Trump Rails on Twitter Against Conservative Social Media Censorship: ‘Too Many Voices Are Being Destroyed’"

Trump Rails on Twitter Against Conservative Social Media Censorship: ‘Too Many Voices Are Being Destroyed’


This post is by Ken Meyer from Mediaite


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On Saturday, President Trump got on Twitter and accused social media companies of censoring conservative voices when their platforms should allow for “good and bad” speech. Judging by the timing of these tweets, its possible Trump is defending Alex Continue reading "Trump Rails on Twitter Against Conservative Social Media Censorship: ‘Too Many Voices Are Being Destroyed’"