Friday, August 18, 2017

No, the EFF do not support neo-Nazis, Zerohedge


Since Zerohedge is trying to make the Electronic Frontier Foundation sound like supporters of neo-Nazism, here's a link to the EFF's real post:


EFF - fighting neo-Nazis and the future of free expression. Wherein you learn some things that Zerohedge left out:

We at EFF defend the right of anyone to choose what speech they provide online; platforms have a First Amendment right to decide what speech does and does not appear on their platforms. That’s what laws like CDA 230 in the United States enable and protect.

So contrary to Zerohedge's assertion, the EFF do not say a private company should be forced to publish ideas that it considers odious or dangerous.

It’s notable that in GoDaddy and Google’s eagerness to swiftly distance themselves from American neo-Nazis, no process was followed; CloudFlare’s Prince also admitted that the decision was “not CloudFlare’s policy.” Policies give guidance as to what we might expect, and an opportunity to see justice is done. We should think carefully before throwing them away.

Again, the EFF just wants a transparent process for the removal of neo-Nazi websites. Like, "our company will not provide service to anyone advocating race hatred", or "our company will not provide service to anyone who cheers the murder of a nonviolent protestor, calling her a fat childless whore".

Frankly, I think they're being a bit stupid here. Daily Stormer's takedown is not an item of concern for free speech advocates anywhere.

But if there is a single reason why so many individuals and companies are acting together now to unite against neo-Nazis, it is because a future that seemed unlikely a few years ago—that white nationalists and Nazis now have significant power and influence in our society—now seems possible.

And so they recognize that an individual's moral compass should never be subsumed by airy-fairy bullshit about "freedom of speech".

I'd add that if you compel internet companies to allow neo-Nazis to use their services, you're going to drive everyone with a moral compass out of the industry.

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