Social media has really become a battleground of late. What has happened is that a medium of communication that was invented to enable a deracinated proletariat to share what they ate for dinner with people who aren't really their friends is now being used to spread messages of discontent with globalism.
Of course, if you're a globalist who wants more non-white immigration, transexualism and all the rest, you can't just come out and say it. Not if you're smart. You have to engage in a little bit of pilpul.
Youth mental health experts say inaction by Facebook and Twitter has caused a national crisis.
Top lawyers say the solution is to regulate social media and reform the law so those injured by online hate can sue.
“These platforms are like the Wild West,” Maurice Blackburn board member Josh Bornstein told News Corp Australia.
"Wild West?" More like Soviet Socialist Republic.
“Children can terrorise other children, people can set up accounts in your name or my name and then spew bile all over the internet, send out neo-Nazi or anti-Muslim hate or content in support of ISIS and encourage people to be attacked and the sites have been notoriously slow to act or failed to act at all over a number of years now,” Mr Bornstein said.
“As soon as Facebook has its first law suit from someone injured by cyber-bullying or cyber-hate that would have a massive impact.”
Bornstein is doing more than just drumming up business for his firm here. He's also still sore about the hilarious troll that was inflicted on him in 2015, when someone in the US used his name to write a series of published articles for the Times of Israel calling for the "extermination" of the Palestinian people.
Surely the real scandal should have been that The Times (regarded as a centrist publication by Israeli standards!) would publish a call to genocide. But no, even though Bornstein, according to himself, has always "been a strong and vocal opponent against racism in all it's forms" he somehow let the Israeli publication off the hook and decided to blame "neo-Nazis" on twitter instead.
I guess he's more opposed to some forms of racism than others.
Youth mental health service ReachOut believes community safety is under threat due to the negligence of Facebook and others.
ReachOut CEO Jono Nicholas said the social media platforms’ technology had made it too easy for bullies to harass.
“This is a national crisis,” said. “It is a real issue for every parent raising a teenager now.” New research by ReachOut reveals more than 40 per cent of parents are either extremely worried or very worried about their children’s exposure to social media and technology, with cyber-bullying and harassment the top concern. Only 25 per cent hold similar fears about alcohol, drugs and smoking.
Poor kids. Their parents have been gaslit into worrying less about whether they're growing into strong, healthy young adults of good character, and more about whether they're getting a hard time for being degenerates.
Maurice Blackburn’s Mr Bornstein, who last week appeared before a Senate inquiry to make the case for reform, said Germany brought in €50 million ($A79m) fines on January 1 if platforms failed to remove hateful content within 24 hours. He said in response Facebook hired 1200 German moderators.
“In Europe they are leading the charge about the regulation of big tech. In Australia there’s been barely a high-level discussion about these issues.”
Oh sure, it's all about standing up for the little guy.
So Bornstein wants Australia to follow the charge being led by Germany, where not only is social media heavily censored, but people are fined, their homes raided by police, and jailed for posting "offensive" (i.e. "racist") content.
Perhaps he also has in mind Britain, which just jailed the leaders of perhaps its only true opposition party for "a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants" in a child sex trafficking case.
[A company spokesman] pointed out Facebook had developed tools to help prevent harassment including its “safety centre, “bullying prevention hub and parents portal”.
A Twitter spokesman said it had “taken major systemic steps” to improve the platform.
“While updating our products, policies, and processes is critical, we understand that the long-term solution must include the collaboration of governments, civil society, and NGOs to address media literacy,” the spokesman said.
So who are the stakeholders here, and what do they want?
We know that the likes of Bornstein won't be happy until they get something resembling the Cheka or the Stasi bashing down people's doors for hateposting.
As for ReachOut, their website doesn't even say who they are, though it does give a few hints as to their unstated agenda:
And behind the lawyers and psychologists march the gaggle of non-whites, gays and trannies with glass jaws—right over top of the proles who thought this was all about protecting little Kaylee from copping it about her infected septum piercing.
What we should actually be worried about is that Maurice Blackburn recently made a submission to the Senate's Legal and Constitutional References Affairs Committee in relation to "cyber bullying."
Yes, a word that used to refer to naughty playground behaviour is already the name of a crime, but that's not enough for these people.
Unfortunately, we don't have a clear-cut right to free speech in our Constitution like the Americans do. Hopefully demands for real net neutrality gain traction in the home of the internet. But in any case, we ought to demand that a right which is so integral to our culture should inform legislation here.
And we have a moral right to troll the hell out of anyone who says otherwise.