French President François Hollande in his overzealousness to defeat terrorism and stamp out anti-semitism has announced that he will present a draft law next month allowing the French government to charge Internet operators, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, as “accomplices” to hate speech offences, according to Bloomberg.com. Marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at Paris’ Holocaust memorial, Hollande said:
“The big operators, and we know who they are, can no longer close their eyes if they are considered accomplices of what they host…We must act at the European and international level to define a legal framework so that Internet platforms which manage social media be considered responsible, and that sanctions can be taken.”
Because people being individuals with minds and opinions separate from the machinery of large corporations post mean things on the Internet French authorities don’t like, therefore Google, Facebook and Twitter are responsible for aiding and abetting terrorists. Maybe save time and just round up everybody who says something Mr. Hollande doesn’t like on trains and send them for tolerance training in Europe’s unoccupied Nazi death camps. Freedom of speech! (unless you say something we don’t like).