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TOPIC: France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech'

France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech' 03 Jan 2013 02:14 #1

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Few ideas have done as much damage throughout history as empowering the government to criminalize opinions it dislikes



French minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is demanding that Twitter
aid the government in criminalizing hateful tweets.
Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Writing in the Guardian today, Jason Farago praises France's women's rights minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, for demanding that Twitter help the French government criminalize ideas it dislikes. Decreeing that "hateful tweets are illegal", Farago excitingly explains how the French minister is going beyond mere prosecution for those who post such tweets and now "wants Twitter to take steps to help prosecute hate speech" by "reform[ing] the whole system by which Twitter operates", including her demand that the company "put in place alerts and security measures" to prevent tweets which French officials deem hateful. This, Farago argues, is fantastic, because - using the same argument employed by censors and tyrants of every age and every culture - new technology makes free speech far too dangerous to permit.

Read More: www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/02/free-speech-twitter-france
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