UK Govt. Approves Net Censorship – Free Speech Dies

SoldierMan

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UK Govt. Approves Net Censorship – Free Speech Dies

The United Kingdom has become the first Western nation to move ahead with large-scale censorship of the internet, effectively creating regulation that will limit freedom on the last frontier of digital liberty. In a move that has the nation reeling, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled rules that will punish internet companies with fines, and even imprisonment, if they fail to protect users from “harmful and illegal content.”

Among the sweeping and censorious powers awarded to Ofcom are:
  • The ability to create guidelines that instruct content-hosting companies (YouTube, Facebook, etc.) on how to manage online censorship of “user-generated content.”
  • Create rules for content that is “not illegal but has the potential to cause harm.”
  • To have the remit for deciding, writing up, and adapting rules on how internet regulation works.
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  • Create rules for content that is “not illegal but has the potential to cause harm.”
So basically stuff that is posted on MyBB everyday? Like funny memes, opinions that aren't popular or mainstream, etc.
 

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  • Create rules for content that is “not illegal but has the potential to cause harm.”
So basically stuff that is posted on MyBB everyday? Like funny memes, opinions that aren't popular or mainstream, etc.
Write in Afrikaans. It will flummox those Poms ;)
 

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Pretty sure this is fake news.

One, not even right leaning sites like the Telegraph have carried this story.

Two, I'm pretty sure that I read such a scheme was abandoned as unworkable. Even the Lefties know when they are beaten.
 

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Pretty sure this is fake news.

One, not even right leaning sites like the Telegraph have carried this story.

Two, I'm pretty sure that I read such a scheme was abandoned as unworkable. Even the Lefties know when they are beaten.
The law has apparently been shelved. For now.
 

Knyro

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Lol FAIL. When you spend so much time on right-wing crackpot sites you lose your ability to tell the difference between reputable news sites and pure garbage.

C'mon man, not even a FOX News link? :ROFL:
 
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millennia

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Considering how they failed with their porn policy, i can't see them managing access to the entire internet!
 

SoldierMan

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Name alone says it all

LibertyNation :D
Huh, what's wrong with liberty? You not like it?

Of course they would be the first to raise an issue like this, given their name, and trust me if this ever comes to SA, you will be the first to hope there is an SA site that is called Liberty Nation. But hey it's easy to laugh at something when you have complete ignorance thereof... ;)

What powers will Ofcom have to regulate the internet?
 

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Lol FAIL. When you spend so much time on right-wing crackpot sites you lose your ability to tell the difference between reputable news sites and pure garbage.

C'mon man, not even a FOX News link? :ROFL:
Why the disbelief? They tried to push this through in 2010 long before brexit but it was ruled unconstitutional by the EU courts. If you don't think it's what they've been trying for all along.
Is NY Times left wing enough?

Get ready folks, the days of internet freedom in Britain are numbered.

Next will be pay per view. £5 per gig of nice news about boris, £5 per mb of bad news about Boris. All internet content to be taxed by government through your ISP based on what you're using your data for.
UK Gov have also expressed 'concern' over the anonymity granted by 3rd party VPNs.
 
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Dave

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Why the disbelief? They tried to push this through in 2010 long before brexit but it was ruled unconstitutional by the EU courts. If you don't think it's what they've been trying for all along.
Is NY Times left wing enough?

Get ready folks, the days of internet freedom in Britain are numbered.

Next will be pay per view. £5 per gig of nice news about boris, £5 per mb of bad news about Boris. All internet content to be taxed by government through your ISP based on what you're using your data for.
UK Gov have also expressed 'concern' over the anonymity granted by 3rd party VPNs.
Your link doesn't say anything remotely like what you've written.

LONDON — Britain on Wednesday introduced a plan that would give the government more latitude to regulate internet content, as part of an effort to force Facebook, YouTube and other internet giants to do more to police their platforms.

The government said the country’s media regulator, known as Ofcom, would take on new responsibilities monitoring internet content, and would have the power to issue penalties against companies that did not do enough to combat “harmful and illegal terrorist and child abuse content.”
 

MidnightWizard

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OFCOM -- sounds so much like the -- "Ministry of TRUTH"
Have they banned ENCRYPTION ? -- THAT is the "Red-Flag"

Ministries

They left out the -- PALACE of JUSTICE !
 

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Lol FAIL. When you spend so much time on right-wing crackpot sites you lose your ability to tell the difference between reputable news sites and pure garbage.

C'mon man, not even a FOX News link? :ROFL:
Yeah like CNN is totally legit
 

Geoff.D

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Bring it on, bring it on ----- Another slide down the slippery slope into ---???
 
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