Random Quotations – Free Speech – July 12th, 2019

Five items in total…

“The issue centres around the repeated pressure being put on social media outlets by the Trudeau government to stop what the government claims is ‘misinformation’… A series of restrictive policies have been put in place surrounding political advertising, and this has resulted in Google saying that political ads will not be allowed in Canada ahead of the federal campaign… In this case, the Liberals have the entire massive apparatus of government in order to get their message out, they have their $600 million media bailout to influence the press, and they have the CBC to push their messaging – all without the opposition having anything similar.” – Spencer Fernando, “Twitter political ad ban shows Trudeau Liberals dangerously restricting dissent” – The Post Millennial, July 10th, 2019.

“…the UN feels that its ‘values’ are being threatened and those who criticize those values must therefore be shut down. Naturally, the UN assures everyone that, ‘Addressing hate speech does not mean limiting or prohibiting freedom of speech. It means keeping hate speech from escalating into something more dangerous, particularly incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence, which is prohibited under international law’.” – Judith Bergman, “UN launches all-out war on free speech” – Gatestone Institute, July 10th, 2019.

“(Students) relayed to me how this debate over free speech and what speakers can be invited to campus is kind of all-consuming at Williams… The debate over safety and whether physical safety is different from psychological safety and bringing certain speakers to campus can actually be considered violence in some cases.” – Podcast host Nico Perrino, quoted by Ethan Cai, (New Hampshire Campus Correspondent), in “They were saying we wanted to kill them with hate speech: Prof exposes Mass. school’s anti-free speech culture” – Campus Reform, July 8th, 2019.

“A Google insider says that a petition has been circulated among Google employees, calling on banning Breitbart News from Google’s advertising networks, in order to cut off the news platform from ad revenue, according to a recent report by Project Veritas… ‘These people are employees of Google,’ said a Google insider to James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, ‘They are unhappy with the election, and they are unhappy with the narratives that are being put out there that contradict the mainstream media’s narrative’.” – Alana Mastrangelo, “Project Veritas: 1,000 Google employees signed internal anti-Breitbart petition” – Breitbart, July 10th, 2019.

“Avia defines ‘cyber-hate’ as ‘any content that is manifestly an incitement to hatred or a discriminatory insult on grounds of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.’ But free speech watchdogs have already pointed out that French law is notoriously vague as to what constitutes ‘hate’… The combination of the scale of the fine and the swiftness of expected response may mean a devastating chilling effect against free speech: tech operators will have a massive incentive to auto-ban any and all content which might conceivably be considered ‘hateful’ by a CSA bureaucrat or some litigious ethnic lobby.” – Guillaume Durocher, “Dark days in France” – The Unz Review. July 7th, 2019.