E.U. Intent on Censoring Fake News; What Could Go Wrong?

In the name of censoring fake news, Eurocrats are going to grab power to muzzle or punish alternative media.

The European Union overlords are “considering” giving themselves “new powers” for censoring fake news. Considering? Does anyone really think that there’s any new power they don’t want to give to themselves, powers siphoned off from the people? No, they’re not considering anything except for how soon they can push ahead with their plan to do it.

And then what? Then countries in Europe will have new parties further hampered in their campaigning and recruitment while establishment globalist parties will have no problem in getting their message to others online.

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The way the news treats information as a deadly weapon is alien to any philosophy of free speech. It is how I imagine Soviet Union commissars must have spoken against Radio Free Europe and Voice Of America broadcasts. Russia has the GDP of Italy and every world democracy is in danger of being destroyed by their omnipotent social media manipulation.

Do you think Russia knows anything about social media manipulation and propaganda that operatives in the U.S., London, and Brussels didn’t know first? Of course not. These “new powers” won’t be used for “censoring fake news” but protecting globalist fake news.

The National reports, “Brussels considers new powers to battle ‘fake news’ during elections.

Brussels is considering new powers to prevent social media companies spreading “fake news” during election periods, including a crackdown ahead of the May 2019 European Parliament elections.

European security commissioner Sir Julian King is calling for limits on the “harvesting” of personal information for political purposes and more transparency on internal algorithms used by internet platforms to promote stories. He proposes a “more binding approach” than self-regulation.

In a letter to European commissioner for the digital economy Mariya Gabriel, Mr King also said he wants technology companies to reveal who funds “sponsored content” on their websites.

The “psychometric targeting activities” such as those of Cambridge Analytica are just a “preview of the profoundly disturbing effects such disinformation could have on the functioning of liberal democracies”, Mr King wrote in a letter dated March 19 and seen by the Financial Times.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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