Twitter Moves To Finally Ban Hate Speech

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Submitted by Trav777

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/11/15/twitter-suspends-alt-right-accounts/93943194/

We have a First Amendment in this country. It protects the right to free speech, as defined by the Supreme Court. However, nobody, not even the Supreme Court, believes that the First Amendment protects hate speech. What the “alt-right” repeatedly does under the guise of “free speech”, is publish seditious and dangerous ideas, such as the notion that the Holocaust did not result in the mass extermination by Zyklon B of precisely 6 billion Jews. This type of extremely dangerous thought is harmful to a cohesive society in which we must never forget.

Government should move to follow Twitter’s lead. Twitter is a private actor company, an obsolete relic of pre-progressive history, and consequently many would argue that the First Amendment is irrelevant to them. Nonetheless, progressivism is all about the oversight of, and application of government edicts to private business so that corporations cannot rape and exploit common workers as they have done throughout history.

Twitter’s move to suspend these dangerous and heretical accounts was the right thing to do. The Zeroth Amendment guarantees the right of any person, anywhere, anytime, to come and live in the United States and to receive free health care, food, housing, a cellphone, and everything else that they lack “access” to in their home country. But even the Zeroth has limits. It does not apply to white people anywhere.

Sensible limits exist to every Amendment, including the 2nd, where common sense dictates that the limit should ban all private ownership of firearms. Obama, as a preeminent Constitutional Scholar, pretty much agrees with this viewpoint and he went to Harvard. He additionally agrees on limiting hate speech such as the alt-right publishes.

The alt-right is known for publishing things like that we are not all precisely equal in every single way except for skin color. And that multiculturalism is scientifically shown to not lead to a stronger society. They rallied for Trump.

Much is made of the “free marketplace for ideas,” but progressives know that free markets don’t work in anything else, so why should a marketplace of ideas be left to its own devices on Twitter or any other social network? In the commercial marketplace, collusion between corporations and governments leads to price distortions and unfair play. So we need government to get more into these markets to increase its control of them. The same is true for marketplaces of ideas. They must also not be allowed to fall prey to the haze of dangerous ideas and seditious, heretical talk.

Twitter’s move to ban these accounts is a good first step in exercising oversight and control of the marketplace of ideas. For too long, fanatical right wing extremists have used that platform to push for things which are simply not acceptable in Current Year as legitimate discourse. Join with your fellow progressives in this stifling of their speech.

MillionDollarBonus_

Great article Trav! By the way, as an accredited writer, you should be able to post articles yourself too.

Twitter is finally doing what it should have done a long time ago – ban accounts that promote hateful and incorrect ideas. Free speech is not there to protect unpopular speech that makes people feel uncomfortable. It’s there to protect appropriate speech that people agree with. Hate speech is not protected by ANY LAW.

StoopidP
StoopidP

Alright, censorship! Gotta love it. We really need to censor any ideas or thoughts that are not good. I volunteer to decide who can say what.

This is Life
This is Life

It is not censorship, rather it is common sense speech that must be adopted into society for the good of everyone. The forefathers that wrote that racist 1st amendment had to have been caught up into the zeal of the moment and let their emotions dictate tier thoughts. Freedom of speech.. like really? who in their right mind would actually allow such a crazy idea?

MillionDollarBonus_

You mean censor hate speech? HELL YEAH we should! Hate speech is a CRIME – it triggers victim groups and scars people emotionally. Words HURT, and bad words need to be BANNED!

Whaaat
Whaaat

We should all dress in red beanies and tell everyone we a ballerinas. I like bananas with peanut butter. Momma always says live is like…..

This is Life
This is Life

Is it me or is your number of 6 billion wrong? I thought it was way more that that. We should send them at least 60 billion a year for reparations being the white man is such an evil creature.

OhYeah
OhYeah

White man is paying reparations……..its called wellfare.

MillionDollarBonus_

Excuse me?? You think you can just throw a couple of crumbs to people of color and absolve yourself of your white guilt?? NO!! White people need to PAY BIG TIME!! People of color want to see REAL REPARATIONS!! A living wage, a free car, free housing in NICE WHITE areas, spending money, free phones – and good phones, not these lame Obama phones that aren’t even cool. the UN has already found the US guilty of racial terrorism and owing in billions in reparations. It’s time to PAY whitey!

richandrenee

He’s not paying people welfare – the little liar.

I just had my gay Maori friend who works at the Waihopai spy base take a little look at him. It’s totally legal as we’re in Aotearoa/NZ – the GCSB are allowed to spy on people in the US just as the NSA are allowed to spy on people here. Then they share the intelligence – it’s neat how government works.

He’s actually on welfare – and what we’re looking at now seems to show that he’s not exactly entitled to it.

Bill Hill
Bill Hill

Here’s the problem with the overall tone of this article… How does one define hate speech? If it’s simply that someone was offended then that’s too broad – hell I’m offended by most politics lately, but it’s not hate speech. If it’s defined as someone’s feeling being hurt – too vague – there are folks that get their feeling hurt by damned near anything someone says that doesn’t fit their concept of the world. Find and post a legal definition for hate speech and apply that to a reasoned article and then we can start a productive discussion. Until then, this all simply reads more like a prelude to Marxism or tyranny than an actual reasoned plea for civilized discourse.

MillionDollarBonus_

Are you a white male? If that’s the case, then nobody cares about YOUR feelings. We’re talking about the feelings of victim groups here, many of whom are triggered and severely hurt by the horrible bigoted words emanating from the alt-right. CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE!

This is Life
This is Life

“For too long, fanatical right wing extremists have used that platform to push for things which are simply not acceptable in Current Year as legitimate discourse. Join with your fellow progressives in this stifling of their speech.”

Agreed! Bravo! I recommend giving them 100 percent zero tolerance. We must be vigilant and when we encounter non accredited speech, the perpetrators must be imprisoned under the Patriot Act which can hopefully then be diagnosed as treason and these evil vile creatures can legally face the firing squad. The most dangerous contrivance ever foisted onto the ignorant masses is and WAS the insane idea that anyone can go about their daily lives thinking they have the RIGHT to say anything that just pops into their heads. NOTHING can be farther from the truth and thank all things good that humans are now starting to come to their senses.

MillionDollarBonus_

I would go one step further and say that not all thoughts should be legal either. Many thoughts could easily be classified as hate-thoughts which act as precursors to hate speech or hate crimes. When technology permits, we need to monitor thoughts and automatically deduct fines from peoples’ cashless bank accounts for inappropriate thoughts.

This is Life
This is Life

Fines will be a good tool but in cases of repeated thought crimes, reeducation at a designated camp must be implemented. There is way to much at stake to take a gamble that someone with the wrong thoughts could project their vision onto society itself and without the proper oversight we simply cannot allow that to happen. It is common sense to protect us and society itself from any such activity to be freely available to the innocent.

MillionDollarBonus_

Yes, I agree. Repeat hate thoughts require more severe treatment and punishment, and reeducation camps are essential. In order to have a civilized democracy, everyone must think only accredited thoughts and have only accredited opinions.

What
What

MDB

Have you read 1984?

MillionDollarBonus_

Yes! I found it quite enlightening, and often refer back to it for inspiration. It’s the blueprint for many of my progressive ideals.

This is Life
This is Life

George Orwell was a genius to lay the ground work for our utopian vision of what society should, and if all things good prevail, will become the safe society that everyone deserves.

Whatttt
Whatttt

Ive got an ignorant mass in my pants!

Whatttts
Whatttts

Ive got an ignorant mass in my pants!

richandrenee

I’m glad that someone is brave enough to speak out against the alt right and their hate speech. Nice one Trav777 – and nice one Accredited Times for being courageous enough to print this fantastic article.

This is Life
This is Life

I admit in the past we maybe have not seen eye to eye on every detail but I am willing to fully accept that you are still an infant of progressivism and every now and then you might not realize that you still have a few flashbacks to trying to re institute the old ways of governing. I truly hope for the good of everyone involved that you can overcome your bits of conservative brainwashing that is so obviously lodged into your subconscious by the occasional am radio being turned to Lars Larson and that evil Michel Savage while you maybe filling your car at the pumps or only goodness knows how it got in there but we here at the AC times will stand beside you until you can fully shed these relapses of a time when people actually thought people like us were insane.

MillionDollarBonus_

Welcome to the club! The Accredited Times is changing minds all over the world, and gathering an army of progressives to fight back against right wing bigots. This is the progressive revolution, and the fight has only just begun.

This is Life
This is Life

Yes, thank you. I have witnessed over and over award winning new sources highly recommending The Accredited Times as the number one world wide leader in positive and correct thinking. CNN, ABC and BOTH – NBC and MSNBC have all agreed that this website is the go to news source for fair and balanced views. My hat is off to your award winning writers and your thought provoking articles here at the Times. You must be very proud of all that you have accomplished with this amazing ensemble of talent. FINALLY! we have a site that is just as good, if not BETTER than The Huffington Post!

BRAVO!

MillionDollarBonus_

Thank you! Yes, I’m very proud of what we’ve built here. True, there are many accredited news sources such as CNN, the New York Times and MSNBC who already offer similar analyses of current affairs, but I feel that the Accredited Times complements these news sources by providing a rich and entertaining forum for progressives to discuss new ideas about how to make the world a more fair and equal place.

Black Lives Matter

Twitter is making the right move. Obama also needs to act now in declaring all hate groups, including the Republican Party, “foreign terrorist organizations,” particularly in light of their cooperation with Russia: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/rls/other/des/123085.htm. That would allow Obama to prosecute them and put Trump in prison.

MillionDollarBonus_

How about domestic terrorist organizations? The Department of Homeland Security is already starting to define a list of characteristics that identify someone as a potential domestic terrorist. the DHS has classified white, Southern right wing extremists as the most likely culprits. Remember, see something say something!

Puyloubier (@Puyloubier1)

I can’t believe the hatred today on this site given the night of the long knives yesterday. I guess today goes down as Kristalnacht?

#lovetrumpshate
#iwearasafetypin

MillionDollarBonus_

I’m so triggered, I can barely type … I just can’t believe such hate exists in the world! Where do these people come from??

Shawn Burton
Shawn Burton

Oh my God! Working with another country. What are we to do? Set off warning alarms…world peace is too close. There can be only one. Must keep the arabs, jews, russians, blacks, mexicans, christians, muslims, queers, lesbians, trans-ies, leftest, rightest, moderates, and more all stirred up.

Thank you Cankles and friends (Soros). I hear hell is hot this time of year.

richandrenee

It is not ok to body shame a women regardless of how you feel about her politics. You’ve got a lot of growing up to do you misogynist troll.

MillionDollarBonus_

The right has always been hateful. But now they are exploiting the internet to use media, entertainment and humor to spread their bigoted message. Those have always been tools for progressives! There shouldn’t be any media or entertainment by the right because they’re not ACCREDITED!

DON'T BODY SHAME ME!
DON'T BODY SHAME ME!

GOOD, GOOD, AND GOOD!

I would take it a few steps further and launch them all into orbit, but banning them is a good start. As soon as these conservative and alt-right scum are eradicated we can actually resume the work of making progress in America.

BrainFart
BrainFart

Dear MillionDollarBonus and friends,

I am tired of hearing the “progressive” liberal drivel that is spooted off by the pro news media which is often repeated as ones own from the progressive and/or liberal crowd. The idea of the progresives / liberals are simplistic hopes based on dreams of some fantasy existance that is not real and does not account for the human nature. Listening to liberal arguments reminds me of conversations with my 6 or 8 year old explaining an erroneous concept of the world. “Yes sweety we can share our toilet paper with evertone in the world so everyone can wipe their bum.”

Much of what placed in the liberal media stream fir consumption is like fast food which is readily consumed but not nutritios and can be harmful in the long run. And worse, much of what is “out there is so purposely aligned with sone interest that it is obviously partial and can not be trusted.

If you care about this life your have, don’t be satisfied with the farce you have may believe. Do your best to learn about the real driving forces inthe world and it usually ia directly ties to wealth.

Special Snowflake
Special Snowflake

Children are naturally progressive. Right-wing parents inhibit this natural tendency.

This post is an example why we need family audits!

Why We Need Family Audits

Shawn Burron
Shawn Burron

Richand renee:
Whats wrong with anything i said?

Whats wrong with cankles? I like stout ankles. Are you trying to say there is something wrong with ankles that are stout.

richandrenee

Don’t try and back peddle now that you’ve been called out. You have no right to comment on a women’s body especially when you use derogatory words that ,to be quite honest, constitute hate speech.

Shawn Burton
Shawn Burton

So comments on peoples body is off limits because they csn be precieved as “hate”?

What about if I say something about her mind or her actions?

Maybe tell me what is satisfactory and what is not.

Its hard to tell because many if you jump on people for mild comments calling them racist or other and I feel that is hate speech.

Real
Real

snowflake

Your suggestion is completely against what america stands for.

Above all else is personal freedom to follow your believes even if they are preceived by others as different or wrong.

Going down the path you are suggesting leads to people placing clnplete control over other groups. Your ideas are nuts in my opinion, but i believe tou have the right to follow them, as long as they dont trample on my rights. Your suggested right infringes on others rights so it is a dud.

Try again.

Bill Hill
Bill Hill

Well it may be that you really shouldn’t have any rights. As an obvious racist and hater, I suspect your “rights” will have to be taken away in order to allow you to be re-educated properly. I know you think that’s somehow unfair, but it’s for the good of all – and you know the overall welfare takes priority over an individual’s. You are given certain rights by decree of government and until you can learn to handle them responsibly, you’re a danger to your brothers and sisters coming to this flawed nation in search of a better place to exercise their superior religious, ethical, moral, and intellectual beliefs. Learn humility in front of your betters and prostrate yourself to them while begging for forgiveness for the actions of those that came before you.

Bill Hill
Bill Hill

While Twitter’s action may be a good start, it lacks depth and substance. We will never move toward a more equal and fair progressive society until the government itself steps into the fray and takes matters into it’s own capable hands. Simply ban ALL forms of communication and news and replace it all with “approved” and “accredited” sources like this one! It could take years for these corporate fascists to get it right! Let the government do it so that it gets done quickly, fairly, and correctly!

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