Sensible Internet Guidelines

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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.

Do Not:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. Use racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, ageist, able-ist language — or hate speech, generally. It is not acceptable. We respect everyone.
  5. 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) 
  6. Create multiple identities (“sockpuppets,” or “zombies” if you have been banned). Only one account is allowed per person. 
Sockpuppet party
Sockpuppets must be criminalized – they are used in cyber-bullying.

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.

littleshoppinlucy
littleshoppinlucy

Two years ago, when I was young, a friend of mine got bullied by a pack of sockpuppets – she’s only just getting over it now. They should be banned before more people get hurt 🙁

MillionDollarBonus

Nice article Rich. That set of rules is perfect, and I’m sure I don’t have to mention the obvious exceptions such as calling for Trump’s assassination, calling for violence against Trump supporters and calling people “fucking white males”. These are all acceptable forms of discourse.

Twitter has been pioneering these rules and has banned Milo Yiannopoulos for hurting the feelings of a womyn of color, while leaving ISIS accounts because banning these would be Islamophobic. A Saudi prince is now Twitter’s second largest share holder, which should help further curb Islamophobia on Twitter. People who criticize Muslims in Sweden and Germany are now receiving police visits. Hopefully all hate speech by alt right fascists will soon result in the police knocking on the door. I’m against fascism and police brutality, but I want the police to go after people who engage in hate speech.

Black Lives Matter

How could anyone be against something that’s sensible???

MillionDollarBonus

Exactly. I just don’t understand how the right could reject gun laws when we have been putting the word “sensible” in front of our gun law proposals for years. By definition, something that is sensible is just common sense and should be supported by everybody. Right wingers don’t make any sense.

Make my votes count
Make my votes count

There are just some words the right can not comprehend. Undeniable is the worst. When ever I tell them that man made climate change is undeniable. Or it is undeniable that guns laws reduce crime. Their eyes just glaze over. They just don’t get it!

trav777

Man made climate change is undeniable to anyone with a fucking brain.

There might be some argument in what we can do about it but the reality of it isn’t in any serious dispute any longer.

Fucking get a subscription to AAAS; you will see the science yourself.

drb6
drb6

Change is undeniable; it is a fact. What causes it is an explanation of facts, e.i. a theory. Some scientists say it is CO2; I say it is WHITE FUCKING MALES!

trav777

as an aside if you review oil consumption per capita by nation, you have a point there

ExpatLogger
ExpatLogger

Creating multiple identitties like sockpuppets is probably the worst thing alt-reich is guilty of. Those creatures roam in packs, and when their socks are filled with lead, they surely the most deadly thing in the universe!

drb6
drb6

There needs to be an addition to Rule #3 – it should apply to conservatives only. If I look at accredited television or accredited news websites, I see that it is OK to insult conservative womyn, call them stupid, and make fun of how they look. On the other hand, if a conservative says something bad about a progressive womyn, he is guilty of sexism and should never be allowed to speak again.

trav777

absolutely. These rules are logically consistent and make total sense.

MillionDollarBonus

Oh of course. ALL of these rules apply to conservatives only. That goes without saying. As progressives we are exempt from the rules that we create.

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