Fine’s for Hatred?

January 21, 2018

Facebook and Google (among other companies) are creating solutions to remove extremist views and hateful discourse from their online platforms. However, authorities in the UK feel that this effort isn't good enough and are currently considering putting fines in place in order to make companies more active in quickly banning it.

 

Major online companies are usually reluctant to share their #online data with national authorities, and governments have to spend major amounts of money in vigilance, counter-terrorism and anti-radicalism programmes. The new fines could assist in the funding of these government actions.

 

According to Ben Wallace (UK's Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime), the public shouldn't assume "that online companies don't care about profits because their staff sit on puffs and wear t-shirts all day. In fact, they carelessly sell all of our data to credit card and soft-porn companies but refuse to share them with democratically elected governments!"

 

Facebook executive Simon Milner has already refuted Wallace's criticism, especially in relation to the fight against terrorism, stating that they have invested millions of pounds in both people and technology to identify and remove terrorist content

 

Using fines to sponsor important government actions isn't something new and I think it is indeed the right way to use the vast amount of money that is gathered. However, the most important action can't be done by governments nor Google or Facebook: it starts at in the home.

 

Carefully explaining terrorism and what it means for us, our society and way of living. Clearly saying what these terrorists want and don't say or try to disguise in false religious views. Making all of our #family members (especially young ones) informed about our world and answering their questions is much more valuable and successful than any technologically advanced censorship.

 

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