Poland’s Justice Minister is preparing a new legal system that will penalize and fine Big Tech companies for censoring lawfully protected free speech online.
The loose Polish translation of Zbigniew Ziobro’s initiative’s title is “The Law on Freedom of Expressing One’s Own Views and Searching and Disseminating Information on the Internet.”
“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,” Mr. Ziobro said of the proposal.
Polish social media users would have the ability to file a compliant within a governmental court system 24 hours after being censored online. The legal proposal Ziobro has set forth recognizes all free speech lawful in Poland with digital protections, taking away the power of censors to make arbitrary judgements on the acceptability of their customers’ free expression.
The legal body Ziobro envisions would evaluate incidences of tech censorship after receipt of evidence, determining if lawful speech was censored with seven days. If it’s found that social media platforms censored wrongfully, they’ll be legally required to restore the deleted content. If they refuse, they could be subject to civil fines of up to $1.8 million euros payable to Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications.
The entire process will be adjudicated electronically, allowing for prompt resolution of political censorship.
This may be the strongest anti-Big Tech legal protection a major country has sought to implement. Were similar proposals to be introduced in other major western companies, the business model of dishonest left-wing censorship would soon lose viability, as Silicon Valley’s tech tyrants would be forced to open their wallets to the users they seek to silence.
Big Tech tyrants have chafed at legal requirements instilled from European countries before. Germany has sought to punish Facebook for failing to institute more censorship, and the platform has been made subject to judgements under EU anti-trust law.
In a peculiar historical twist, the formerly Communist Warsaw Pact nation appears to be leading the western world in envisioning a world beyond the tyrannical grasp of Big Tech Orwellians.
Unlikely Ally: Russian Foreign Minister Calls Out Big Tech Shenanigans
Nationalists may find allies in strange places.
Prior to the installation of Joe Biden as U.S. president, Big Tech went on a censorship spree against former President Donald Trump and his supporters. Such corporate activism against Trump has evoked a strong international response from foreign leaders fearful of the American corporate sector’s power.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently declared that Big Tech’s actions represent egregious violations of American constitutional law.
“Recent events, including those in the United States, [pertain] to a situation when half a dozen people who have created their technological empires do not even want to know what rights they have in their countries. They themselves define their rights on the basis of so-called corporate norms and they don’t care a bit about the constitutions of their nations. We have clearly seen this in the United States, and this, of course, causes serious concern”, Lavrov said to reporters on January 11, 2021.
Lavrov declared that Big Tech’s behavior “comes from evil”. He criticized American leaders for failing to provide free access to information on the Internet.
The Russian foreign minister’s comments were in response to Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Donald Trump’s personal account earlier in January. The social media platform blamed the president for inciting an “insurrection” after a small group of his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Facebook and Instagram followed in Twitter’s footsteps, although the media platforms are currently reviewing if they’ll let Trump re-access his accounts.
It seems some of the most ardent opponents of America’s woke regime tend to come from abroad. America can no longer claim that it’s exceptional when both its private and public sector have no commitment to respecting its founding principles.
The Right needs to regroup and build a proper nationalist infrastructure to combat the current political apparatus in front of us.
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