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Two things…


Do you ever get a matched pair of news items cross your threshold; two things that interlock in a horrible way?

This lady was murdered and her murderer (relationship unclear) posted pictures of her body (and his; he cut himself up too) on her FaceBook account.

The snuff pictures stayed up for days, despite the efforts of several family members to have them removed, because some drone on FB couldn’t see how they violated policies. Her sister said, “They told me I could block Jennifer if I didn’t like what she posted and gave me other similar options.” Didn’t like what Jennifer posted. Jennifer is the murdered woman. She’s not posting much at the moment.

Followed shortly by this Breitbart item:

The European Commission has today announced a partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft in order to crack down on what it classes as “illegal hate speech” while “criminaliz[ing]” perpetrators and “promoting independent counter-narratives” that the European Union favours.

The article is worth a read. Bearing in mind that we don’t have good speech protections here and bearing in mind most of Europe was until very recently some flavor of monarchy or dictatorship so they’re pretty comfy with that and bearing in mind the EU is a bunch of corrupt lefty kleptocrats, this is all pretty scary.

What ties the two together is that gatekeepers are stupid. That’s one flaw of cracking down — who decides where the line is? Either the first responders are scripts and bots (hence people in poor old Scunthorpe couldn’t get their mail from AOL servers back in the day), or they’re overworked, poorly-compensated human flunkies with a good amount of autonomy and delusions of adequacy. Either way, mistakes happen. Nothing but mistakes happen. Whole galloping herds of stampeding mistakes will happen.

My personal FaceBook is as pure as the driven snow — nothing but innocuous people I know (not counting that one brother), history and chicken groups — but something as mild as this post in a different context could land me in shit, if the EU gets its way.


Comment from Nina
Time: May 31, 2016, 9:45 pm

This, exactly.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 1, 2016, 12:37 am

>My personal FaceBook is as pure as the driven snow — nothing but innocuous people I know (not counting that one brother), history and chicken groups —

Heh. History and chickens aka cisnorm white privilege and animal exploitation. No subject is innocuous enough not to trigger some Prog twat.

One can only hope that the Prog nannies & bullies are too busy eating their own to bother with the likes of us.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: June 1, 2016, 12:56 am

It’s headlined in the US as ‘anti government’ speech. I didn’t realize it was in the Euro Zone. But it was distressing enough to read the headline that social media was going to aid ‘the government’ in cracking down on dissent (the highest form of patriotism according to some)

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: June 1, 2016, 1:15 am

I’m sorry, but there is nothing worth reading at Breitbart…

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: June 1, 2016, 3:02 am

I destroyed my Facebook and Twitter accounts a while back, enough is enough. The only thing I still use is Reddit.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 1, 2016, 7:43 am

Without Breitbart, we wouldn’t know this story. As you might imagine, Sky and the BBC didn’t report it. Our gatekeepers are powerful and shameless.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 1, 2016, 9:31 am

I wouldn’t go anywhere near either Facebook or Twitter. Time is far too short as it is – and why add more power and money to crazed SJWs running corporations as corrupt and dangerous as anything from the turn of the 19th/20th centuries?

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: June 1, 2016, 2:50 pm

I’d like to feel smug about this, but unfortunately our progressives over here are taking us down the same path and are upset we’re not more like the EU already.

I don’t even use Google since they handed over dissidents to the PRC while proclaiming how evil they weren’t being. Eventually everything on the Internet is going to be run by some overbearing statist goon with the best of intentions.

Comment from OldFert
Time: June 1, 2016, 4:50 pm

As with Steve Skubinna, I’ve stopped using Google for searches, but still use Chrome and have an Android phone.
Any ideas how good/bad windows phones are? I do think g00gle is evil (always figured it was a front for intelligence agencies), apple is rotten to the core, don’t want to mess with Linux, so have defaulted to Winders for my PC. I figured Windows Phones could be OK, but I don’t know anyone with one. (That, in itself, should be telling, I guess.)

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 1, 2016, 6:13 pm

I gather that Windows phones are… about to meet a weasel carrying a scythe, so it’s going to be Apple, Android or dumbfone, I’m afraid.

Meanwhile, the following was published today in The Register. It’s a story suggesting that Facebook actually listens to your phonecalls – and it’s not the first time this has been suggested.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: June 1, 2016, 6:32 pm

Windows Phones, and Google Removal.

Well, I deleted everything Google, and now this desktop (sixteen years old) is shunned by most web sites. My bank said quite boldly, come back later when you have a new computer. Most other sites with all the advertising just don’t work.

Sad, really, what has become of the internet. It had so much promise.

Comment from OldFert
Time: June 2, 2016, 1:58 pm

Thanks for the winphone info.

Comment from Claire
Time: June 5, 2016, 5:20 am

“overworked, poorly-compensated human flunkies with a good amount of autonomy and delusions of adequacy”
ahh – you mean bureaucrats.

Somehow we keep forgetting that Government is just Other People.

Would I entrust my most crucial life choices to my local grocer or barrista? Hardly. Howinhell would they — could they — know what’s best for me? I can barely manage myself. at least a decent average…

So why would I be at all likely to entrust those same decisions to my local bureaucrat? But make them they will; by force if necessary.

Odd, that.

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