Poland Smacks Facebook By James Reed
Big tech following the steal of the US election, has clearly revealed itself as the enemy of free speech. They need to be broken up, but in the shorter term, Poland is imposing finds upon them. The fines seem small, but given the massive infringements of free speech that occur, it will add up. Bankrupting them is what they deserve.
“A new law is due to be passed in Poland that would fine Big Tech firms a staggering $2.2 million every time they unconstitutionally censor lawful free speech online.
While liberal governments in western nations seek to fine social media giants Facebook and Twitter for failing to remove so-called “hate speech,” Poland is taking a refreshingly different approach.
“Under its provisions, social media services will not be allowed to remove content or block accounts if the content on them does not break Polish law.”
“In the event of removal or blockage, a complaint can be sent to the platform, which will have 24 hours to consider it.”
“Within 48 hours of the decision, the user will be able to file a petition to the court for the return of access. The court will consider complaints within seven days of receipt and the entire process is to be electronic.”
Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro made clear that the legal initiative was designed to fight censorship.
Ziobro asserted that it wouldn’t impact the right of people who have been slandered or defamed to pursue justice.
“Often, the victims of tendencies for ideological censorship are also representatives of various groups operating in Poland, whose content is removed or blocked, just because they express views and refer to values that are unacceptable from the point of view of communities… with an ever-stronger influence on the functioning of social media,” Ziobro stated.”