Jo Nova on the Lewandowskyi solution to fake news

What could go wrong?

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, an expert in “misinformation” at Bristol University, said MPs could bring in laws to prevent anything that amounted to “hate speech” – a move already undertaken by law-makers in Germany.

“And guess what? Facebook hired the people to make that happen.”

Yes, let’s look at Germany. In 2017 the government slammed a 50 million Euro fine on social media companies for libel, slander, defamation, incitement, and they only have 24 hours to remove it after a complaint, “regardless of whether the content is accurate.”

Judith Bergman tells us the effect:

This state censorship makes free speech subject to the arbitrary decisions of corporate entities that are likely to censor more than absolutely necessary, rather than risk a crushing fine. When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state’s private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, and who shall be shut down, free speech becomes nothing more than a fairy tale.

Meanwhile, the district court in Munich recently gave a German journalist, Michael Stürzenberger, a six-month suspended jail sentence for posting on his Facebook page a historical photo of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, shaking the hand of a senior Nazi official in Berlin in 1941.

The court found Stürzenberger guilty of “disseminating the propaganda of anti-constitutional organizations”. While the mutual admiration that once existed between al-Husseini and German Nazis is an undisputed historical fact, now evidently history is being rewritten…

Lewandowsky plan: Censorship, 1: Truth, 0.

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17 Responses to Jo Nova on the Lewandowskyi solution to fake news

  1. Snoopy

    a six-month suspended jail sentence for posting on his Facebook page a historical photo of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, shaking the hand of a senior Nazi official in Berlin in 1941

    The Religion of Peace must be protected. I doubt this attack on a journalist will raise the ire of the panelists on The Dumb and The Projekt.

  2. md

    Merkel at Davos: Attacks ‘Walls’ and ‘Poison’ of Populism, Defends Globalism
    The ‘poison of populism’ – meaning democracy. We are fortunate to have so many of our betters are always trying to force us to think the right way – meaning the ‘left’ way.

    Because we live in a socialist country I don’t want to be too explicit here. Instead, I’ll suggest that you open this image collection and see if some of them confirm your suspicions.

  3. Tel

    Lewandowsky does appear to be quite an expert on misinformation.

    I guess the Syrian Social Nationalist Party don’t get a lot of press in Germany then?

  4. Leo G

    Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, an expert in “misinformation” …

    Lewandowsky is more accurately described as an advocate of dezinformatsiya and proselyte of certain intellectual fantasias.

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The revolution will not be hindered by mere facts.

  6. lotocoti

    a six-month suspended jail sentence …

    Alles ist in ordnung!
    It’s just the Krauts reverting to form.

  7. Turtle of WA

    Germany. Bringing fascism to a Europe once again.

  8. Art Vandelay

    Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, an expert in “misinformation”

    It’s good to see Lewandowsky popping his head up again after he fled Australia when his very dodgy scholarship was revealed. For example: Lewandowsky peer reviewed study includes someone 32,757 years old

    After his own appalling mistakes were exposed, he has (funnily enough) been pushing for limitations on data sharing. We can’t have pesky citizens exposing poor quality research can we?

  9. Boambee John

    Scratch a lefty, find a fascist.

  10. PB

    Lewandovsky.

    Wicked Muslims….oh, wait…

  11. Baldrick

    Yes, let’s look at Germany. In 2017 the government slammed a 50 million Euro fine on social media companies for libel, slander, defamation, incitement, and they only have 24 hours to remove it after a complaint, “regardless of whether the content is accurate.”

    The old method was gathering up all the books deemed subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to the Lefts view of society and burning them.
    Nowadays they slap a €50 million fine for subversive views.

  12. don coyote

    I think you mean “exponent”

  13. H B Bear

    Is Lewandowsky the world’s first (and only) climate change refugee?

  14. H B Bear

    Germans love laws. Give them a few years and they’ll be goose stepping down the Champs-Elysees just like the good old days.

  15. one old bruce

    Look, all references to the postwar ‘Constitution’ in Germany refer to an offence against De-Nazification by which all references to the previous regime are problematic and probably illegal.

    It’s always 1946 in German courts. How long this will go on no one knows.

    So, not a good example for an otherwise worthy cause.

  16. one old bruce

    Word of the day: ‘reference’. My Thesaurus is worn out.

  17. one old bruce

    I never understood ‘Godwins Law’. Like a broken record, we are still fighting the last war. Policies and mindsets established then rule every political discussion on all sides. Even entertainment, the Daleks were just symbolic Nazis. The boomers created no new ideas. The new feminism also arose out of wartime female mobilisation, as did the Gay movement. Bikies began as groups of veterans who liked wartime comraderie and mobility. Leftism got a huge boost from the war.

    My own way out is to study the 19th century before all this arose. But new technology also makes that very quaint. By all means let’s fight for free speech, but also be honest about the deep roots of what we’re up against.

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