by Karl Denninger
This is the sort of article that leads me to refuse to support places such as the Wiesenthal Center — and in fact to actively oppose them.
First the good news. The European Commission and EU member states together with Facebook, Twitter, Google/YouTube and Microsoft unveiled a code of conduct this week that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.
First, the “restrictions” are very narrow in that they only apply to speech that is intended to incite violence against someone based on their ethnicity, religion and similar characteristics. The mere “I think you’re a jackass because you’re <X>” sort of statement is not prohibited, even in the EU.