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UN Unveils Its Playbook to Censor Online Speech Globally

via The Verge

UNESCO’s recent initiative, termed the “Internet of Trust,” has sparked a debate regarding free speech and online communication regulation.

The 59-page report outlines measures to combat “false information,” “conspiracy theories,” and “hate speech” by advocating for global policies.

Techniques proposed include algorithm suppression, content warning, de-monetization, and content removal, raising concerns among critics that these methods may stifle legitimate information and political speech. (Trending: Hunter Biden Indicted on 9 New Criminal Charges)

“The pseudoscience of disinformation is now—and has always been—nothing more than a political ruse most frequently targeted at communities and individuals holding views contrary to the prevailing narratives,” wrote the authors of “The Weaponization of ‘Disinformation’ Pseudo-Experts and Bureaucrats.”

The report’s references to international human rights instruments have sparked controversy, with free speech advocates expressing deep concerns about regulating online “disinformation” and “hate speech.”

Sarah McLaughlin, a senior scholar at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE), said, “FIRE appreciates that UNESCO’s new action plan for social media recognizes the value of transparency and the need for protecting freedom of expression, but remains deeply concerned about efforts to regulate online ‘disinformation’ and ‘hate speech,’”

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