Ms. Ursula Von Der Layen is making a pitch for the European Union to be the censor of social media.
No, really, she is:
Echoing the concerns of the British government, Von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, said Twitter’s decision to prohibit Trump from its platform following the invasion of Capitol Hill had also highlighted the need to rein in the power of the most powerful actors on the internet.
She said: “This point is also important to me: no matter how right it may have been for Twitter to switch off Donald Trump’s account five minutes after midnight, such serious interference with freedom of expression should be based on laws and not on company rules. It should be based on decisions of politicians and parliaments and not of Silicon Valley managers.”
Politics and politicians get to decide what you may say and where.
Yep, that is censorship, isn’t it? We’ve entirely done an end run around that point that private actors may do as they wish, being private actors. We’re now well into that world of freedom and liberty. Even, of constitutions. The point of those constitution things being what they, the powers that be, may not do to us, the people.
Now look again at what she is saying. That politics and politicians should decide what may be said upon the internet. Which people may say what even.
This from an organisation which makes even the pensions of its former employees dependent upon their continuing to publicly support the aims of the organisation. Lots of freedom of speech we’re going to have now, eh?
Ah, sorry, lots of freedom of speech they’re going to have in the remnant EU for of course we’ve dodged this by leaving.