Microsoft and Twitter to Police ‘Hate Speech’


 

Free Speech is under assault by campus protesters, urban mobs, non-governmental organizations and big corporations like Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.  I am no more comfortable with these clowns overseeing my content than I am with governments deciding what you can see.

Not happy with just inventing new ways to communicate, or intriguing uses for electrons, Microsoft and Twitter are stepping hip deep into the speech policing business.  We’ve known about these moves for a while but here’s an update on Microsoft, courtesy Betanews:

While the internet has the ability to bring out the best in humanity, it also shines a light on some of its worst, sadly. In other words, there is a lot of hate on the web, and it can be downright ugly — just look at YouTube comments! Heck, some presidential campaigns are even based on hate, but I digress.* Today, Microsoft announces that it is increasing its efforts to combat hate speech that is hosted on its own services. 

“Microsoft is committed to creating safe online communities where our customers can learn, play, grow and interact without the threat of violence or hatred. That’s why for many years we’ve sought to protect our customers by prohibiting hate speech and removing such content from our hosted consumer services. While neither our principles nor our policies are changing, we are refining some of our processes to make it easier for customers to report hate speech. We’re also simplifying requests to reinstate content that customers feel was removed in error”, says Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft.

Beauchere further explains, “beyond streamlining the means for reporting, we’re working with the broader internet community to combat offensive content online.

[Emphasis mine — Dave]

We’re not supposed to notice that we went from “threat of violence or hatred” to “offensive.”

Twitter is moving in the same direction in Europe, according to this story, based upon an old Bloomberg story.  The story included this nugget:

 

In a BuzzFeed exposé from earlier this month, Charlie Warzel reported that former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo “secretly ordered the media partnerships team inside Twitter to use an algorithm to filter all tweets directed at [President Obama] for abusive language” during the question-and-answer portion of a May 2015 speech.



So, two large internet companies are now censoring users, are doing so not just to fight hate speech, but to guide political opinion.

Why are some of today’s crop of online writers such total nitwits?? [Present company excluded.]

If words are really important to you, and if liberty means anything, this should trouble you.   MS and Twitter can do business with whomever they want, and they have chose to kick some people off the system.  Milo Yiannopoulos and Stacey McCain were both blackballed.  OK that sounded wrong.

Is the left so sure that the content which will be blocked is right-wing only?  And is that the only way they think they can win a debate?

When governments censor in a democratic system, at least you can vote a new government into office.  Good luck voting Google/Twitter/MS and Facebook out of office.  

Oddly enough, this is a role they did not have to play.  Each could simply say they will cooperate with authorities about online illegal activity, but back away from content-based decisions.  Does anybody remember the phone company blocking content because they thought it was hurtful?

Free Speech is under assault by campus protesters, urban mobs, non-governmental organizations and big corporations like Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.  I am no more comfortable with these clowns overseeing my content than I am with governments deciding what you can see.



*Notice the Betanews writer’s hint at Donald Trump’s supposed ‘hate.’  Is this writer comfortable with Trump’s message being blocked because of what he calls hate?  A presidential candidate?

 



 

 

 

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3 Responses to Microsoft and Twitter to Police ‘Hate Speech’

  1. The left isn’t interested in having a debate at all. Even when they think they can win it.

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    • Toastrider says:

      Of course not. A debate would lend the opposing viewpoint a minimum level of legitimacy, and the left perpetually seeks to delegitimize opposition.

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  2. Toastrider says:

    Evidently Twitter has been playing games with their tweet-sorting algorithms for a while, essentially ‘quarantining’ certain non-PC speakers into their own circles without informing anyone. It shows up if you start examining a hashtag while not logged in.

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