This screenshot is from Newshub’s Facebook page and shows that they allow calls to assassinate John Key to live for quite a while on the page.
Have you ever heard a person say “This isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” In America there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment. Hateful ideas (whatever they are ) are just as protected under the First Amendment as other ideas.
One is as free to condemn Islam — or Muslims, or Jews, or blacks, or whites, or illegal aliens, or native-born citizens — as one is to condemn capitalism or socialism or democrats or republicans.
Social Media however have banded together to create an Orwellian world where free speech that is disapproved of is labeled hate speech and is replaced with European Union sanctioned speech ie propaganda ( counter-narrative. )
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have “signed up” to a new European Union (EU) “Code of Conduct”, pledging to help censor and “criminalise” perceived “illegal online hate speech” and “promot[e] independent counter-narratives” that the EU favors.
I fear that these “counter-narratives ” will be about ideas rather than people. As the below graphic illustrates, people have rights not ideas.
It should not be labelled ” hate speech ” if it is open and free discussion about ideas. The new code appears to support this definition.
The IT Companies and the European Commission also stress the need to defend the right to freedom of expression, which, as the European Court of Human Rights has stated, “is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.
In reality however the practical application is not as clear cut as you would expect given the above definition. The other day I wrote about a facebook page being shut down for “hate speech. ” The page which was about Islamic genital mutilation for both men and women was clearly a page that discussed Religious/Cultural ideas.
This week I did a post about a facebook page promoting female genital mutilation. Thanks to freedom of speech I am able to criticise the point of view expressed on that page. Yesterday I received a copy of an e-mail sent to one of our readers about their complaint about the page.
Winston Peters has been filling halls at public meetings…and boasting about it on Facebook.
The old tusker still has pulling power. Read more »
The key to good governance and maintaining power is through solid polling. All good political parties poll and they use reputable companies with a track record of success.
National uses David Farrar’s company, Curia. They are New Zealand’s best political pollster in my opinion. If I am ever asked by a potential candidate who to recommend for polling, the answer is always Farrar and if they refuse to entertain polling with him then I refuse to advise or coach them.
Facebook and Twitter though are now being pitched to politicians and so-called strategists to use them for polling. This is folly and will deliver the political equivalent of fool’s gold.
Digital consultants are making a play for down-ballot campaigns’ polling budgets. They’re now pitching Facebook and Twitter as ways to gauge voters’ opinions on issues and candidates. In reality, social media “listening” can only do so much for a candidate running below the federal level.
When it comes to state legislative campaigns specifically, polling remains one of the best tools. There’s just no replacement for accurate, empirical results. As consultants for many down-ballot campaigns, we emphasize putting resources toward research in our clients’ strategic plans. While social media might represent a no-cost or low-cost option, don’t let budget be an excuse not to proceed with polling. Read more »
Facebook has more in common with a MSM newsroom than you would think. According to a number of reports from different sources, it has shown bias against conservative news and views and deliberately altered trends to reflect what the the corporation wanted. These editorial like decisions starkly contrast with the company’s claims that their trending module only lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project…workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing…even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all.…“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” said the former curator.
Twice in a week Andrew Dickens has stood taller than his compadres in the Media party.
So yesterday I watched one of the more remarkable displays of cyber bullying I have ever seen on social media. Mark Weldon quit as CEO of MediaWorks and as he left the building the internet made sure he had a good hard kick up the backside as he walked through the door for good measure.
It’s a funny old story the Weldon MediaWorks saga. A lot of it has been breathlessly reported but it had the feel that it was the media taking pleasure at reporting on the fluff in it’s own belly button. I don’t think most normal people cared about the rumblings out of a telly station. When the news was announced on Leighton Smith’s show he opened the lines for comment and no-one phoned. Enough said.
It was a media and tragics event only. What is the media word for “beltway”? No one cared when Jane Hastings exited quickly and quietly. The general public didn’t, and still don’t, care about the luvvies and their precious little lives.
But there are some interesting observations to be made from it for anyone involved in corporate governance.
Weldon was employed to fix up MediaWorks. It was a basket case and Weldon had expertise in fixing up numbers and the numbers certainly needed fixing. And under that measure Weldon has been a success. The books are healthier and as of today the ratings are rising. The Newshub restructure is genius. I know because we here at NZME have done exactly the same thing. Read more »
Facebook has become evil. They are allowing anti-semitic comments that attack people.
Tiffany Gabbay writes at Truth Revolt:
A months ago I posted to my public Facebook page a brief blog I’d written on the wave of stabbings, slashings and car rampages (known in Israel as the Silent Intifada, or Knife Intifada) currently tearing through Israel.
Soon after a Facebook user who, from what I could tell, seemed to be affiliated with the far-right Hungarian group Jobbik, replied with an illiterate and anti-Semitic comment: “shut up stinking lousy jew.”
For a split second, after reading the comment, I was taken aback: this is what my father — who fled Islamic persecution in Baghdad and later fought in Israel’s War of Independence — had warned me about my entire life. This is why he forever cautioned against letting strangers know who we really were: Jews.
My father immigrated to the United States precisely to escape this kind of bigotry in all its greater and lesser incarnations, and moreover, to ensure that his children would never fall victim to it. Whether a seemingly “harmless” anti-Semitic slur, or as deadly as an Arab army, he had good cause to be leery.
I never thought myself naive. I know anti-Semites exist. I write about them all the time. I grew up hearing stories of how my father and his family staved off an angry Islamic mob that tried to burn them down in their home during the Farhud; of how he’d experienced atrocities during the 1948 War that don’t bear repeating here, for their horrifically graphic nature. How could I be surprised by the single comment of a deranged person hiding behind a computer screen? Read more »
Duncan Garner joins the fray on Sue Moroney.
Labour MP Sue Moroney’s moronic tweet this week about why a wealthy bach owner shouldn’t decide our flag referendum was a shocker.
She knows it. Labour leader Andrew Little knows it. It was serious face palm stuff wasn’t it? Moroney didn’t engage her brain with her loose fingers and wayward, poorly judged thoughts.
She also forgot the immense and invasive power of social media. It’s the equivalent of sending out a press release to the entire world.
In the old days rookie MPs were told to ‘breathe through their nose’ (a nice way of saying don’t ever open your mouth) as they learned the ropes from the back benches.
But today MPs are all over Facebook and Twitter because it’s such an effective (and free) way to connect directly with voters. Read more »
Tracy Watkins wrote an opinion piece the other day about Sue Moroney’s troubles.
I don’t think we need to relitigate the issues of her stupidity around that, but Watkins did note at the end of her column something that seems to have passed politicians by.
It is also something I have been talking about for years.
It’s a graphic reminder to MPs that while social media might be a potent political weapon in the right hands, used badly it can be a quick route to self-destruction.
British MP Emily Thornberry discovered that when she was forced to resign for perceived snobbery over a tweet picturing a working-class house flying the St George flag.
Moroney’s tweet no doubt reflected back the views of those in her Twitter clique. And that’s the problem with Twitter especially.
It has became an online echo chamber, in which its users follow others who share their own views and political opinions. And that in turn leads to a mob mentality when the group turns on the views or opinions of those who don’t agree with them. Read more »