Here at the Accredited Times we have spent a lot of time discussing the importance of sensible internet regulations. Preventing alt-right trolls from spreading their hateful propaganda lies, is of utmost importance. The legislation that will criminalize many of their activities must be implemented on a global level and enforced by the UN.
A great place to start when drafting these new laws would be one of the Accredited Times favorite news source, the Daily Kos. We encourage our readers to head over there and give their community rules a glance and if there is anything they’ve missed for their guidelines to be a good basis for universal internet regulation – leave us a comment. Your ideas may be included in a letter, that is being drafted, to António Guterres demanding sensible internet regulation now.
Kos’ guidelines are sensibly extensive – the following is just a small snippet of their rules that seem especially pertinent to universal internet legislation.
- Endorse or call for violence against anyone, public figure or private blogger, not even in jest. Claiming hyperbole, humor, or poetic license/justice is no excuse.
- Promote Conspiracy Theories (The Rule Against CT): Debunked or unverifiable theories, rumors or speculation (e.g., 9-11 was a false flag attack), particularly those promoted by right wing or unscientific sites, are not tolerated in a reality-based community.
- Insult the character, intelligence, or background of people with whom you are arguing. You want to win an argument? Then don’t engage in ad-hominem attacks.
- Use racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, ageist, able-ist language — or hate speech, generally. It is not acceptable. We respect everyone.
- Make personal attacks or threats. This includes, but is not limited to: name calling, harassment or bullying toward any other site user. Also don’t follow users you don’t like from story to story to harass them (See: Stalking)
- Create multiple identities (“sockpuppets,” or “zombies” if you have been banned). Only one account is allowed per person.
It is well past time to shut down the post-truth narrative of the hateful alt-right. Most of their nefarious spreading of lies could be curtailed if these six rules were to become criminal law globally. The UN must act on sensible internet regulation ASAP.