Facebook bans UK far right groups and leaders

Wise Owl

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Its been coming a long time, ya cant Fart and blame a muslim without getting banned.
 

Geoff P

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Free speech is gradually being eroded. I saw this video where the police went to a persons home to warn him about something he posted on social media, it did not break the law but an inspector thought it warranted warning the poster. I would have told the coppers to sod off.

 

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If it applies to everyone then yes Hate Crime is a crime Both ways not just one way. And that @Geoff P it does make ya wonder dont it :rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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I don't know if this is stating the obvious or not, but a hell of a lot of what gets posted on social media would have been said behind closed doors between friends 15+ years ago and never got any further, whether that's your thoughts on Brexit, Diane Abbott, the McCanns or whatever else. Whilst you may have said stupid things, opinionated things, <something>-ist things, things that may offend people of a different mindset to yourself, whatever, they never heard them. It doesn't necessarily make such comments right, but if they were said just in your own living room, then they didn't go any further.

The second you put those out in a public space, you send those comments that you ranted at the TV instead directly to the person involved, then you are in a very different world and a lot of people need to realise that difference - Twitter, Facebook, Maggotdrowning or anything else are not the privacy of your own living room.
 

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Like i say @Yuccaman when we are all treated the same when it comes to all things to do with Right or wrong then i think things will get maybe better, but whilst ya got some who are beyond law due to the law being s**t scared to say owt then how can that be fair ? and as for the Mcans if they have nowt to hide they would have answered Vital Questions and took a Lie Detector test to prove their innocence or at least start to.
 

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Can we ban the Far Left ? :D
 

Dave

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I'm not sure if FB are doing it off their own back, or jumping the gun ...



The EU is pushing forward on 'Tackling illegal content'.

  1. September 2017 - EU commission releases: Communication on Tackling Illegal Content Online - Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms
  2. March 2018 - EU Commission releases: Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online. Attached to this post.
    This recommendation is currently a non-binding legal form, which means that Member States are recommended to implement it.
  3. April 2018 - France's President has stated that France will address hate speech and illegal content.
  4. New proposals are beign worked on to implement the recommendation into a EU Directive
If you read what this concerns, then its clearly bad news. It not only bans all illegal content (hate speech, etc) and forces platforms to deal with it, its also forces web hosts to remove reported websites. It seems even worse to me because instead of fines it threatens with taking the site offline and 'illegal content' is rather vague.

Here is what it entails:
The Commission's work is motivated by concerns that the removal of illegal content online continues to be insufficiently effective – incitement to terrorism, illegal hate speech, or child sexual abuse material, as well as infringements of Intellectual Property rights and consumer protection online need to be tackled across the EU with determination and resolve.

In setting out clear legal guidance in the form of a Recommendation, the Commission has made clear which types of processes platforms should put in place, in order to speed up the detection and removal of illegal content, and thus curb the spread of such material, while also offering a set of robust safeguards.

Online platforms need to exercise a greater responsibility in content governance. The recommendation proposes a common approach to swiftly and proactively detect, remove and prevent the reappearance of content online:

  • Clearer 'notice and action' procedures: Companies should set out easy and transparent rules for notifying illegal content, including fast-track procedures for 'trusted flaggers'. To avoid the unintended removal of content which is not illegal, content providers should be informed about such decisions and have the opportunity to contest them.
  • More efficient tools and proactive technologies: Companies should set out clear notification systems for users. They should have proactive tools to detect and remove illegal content, in particular for terrorism content and for content which does not need contextualisation to be deemed illegal, such as child sexual abuse material or counterfeited goods.
  • Stronger safeguards to ensure fundamental rights: To ensure that decisions to remove content are accurate and well-founded, especially when automated tools are used, companies should put in place effective and appropriate safeguards, including human oversight and verification, in full respect of fundamental rights, freedom of expression and data protection rules.
  • Special attention to small companies: The industry should, through voluntary arrangements, cooperate and share experiences, best practices and technological solutions, including tools allowing for automatic detection. This shared responsibility should particularly benefit smaller platforms with more limited resources and expertise.
  • Closer cooperation with authorities: If there is evidence of a serious criminal offence or a suspicion that illegal content is posing a threat to life or safety, companies should promptly inform law enforcement authorities. Member States are encouraged to establish the appropriate legal obligations.
The Commission considers that online intermediaries can put in place proactive measures without fearing to lose the liability exemption under the e-Commerce Directive.

Illegal content on online platforms - Digital Single Market - European Commission
 

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Can we ban the Far Left ? :D
No chance we're the good guys we're nice to everyone, except Jews (allegedly) Tories, Aristocracy, Capitalists, meat eaters, big business, Americans, Plasterers, people who fall of ladders, those who insult JC, and Diane Abbott, and 62 Tucker basically anyone who disagrees with us😜
 

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Free speech doesn't and never has meant the ability to say whatever you want with no repercussions.
 

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