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Poland wants to end political censorship online

By Patrick follow Patrick   2021 Jun 10, 5:29pm 102 views   8 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Polish legislators are working on a bill that would make it illegal for online platforms to censor content that does not break Poland’s laws.

“Today, who sets these rules is really the master of destiny for society and for nation-states,” Morawiecki said in a recent interview with Newsweek. “So today, platforms and communication networks and intellectual property are even more important than the land and the buildings and the technology assembly lines and all the materials that go into creating these digital realms.”

The PM argued for a new approach focused on protecting the power of governments, as well as the well-being of society, accounting for the way the internet and social media has transformed the social, political, and economic environment.

“These dynamics do not make it easier to grasp the elements of the moving parts of the complicated interdependent economic jigsaw puzzle that is our modern age,” Morawiecki said.

“And this is why it is so much more difficult to understand who sets the rules today, because it is no longer the governments that can have this competence over the setting of the rules.

“Huge international corporations in the area of the digital world, in particular, are setting the rules very often that are suitable for themselves, which may not always be a social good.

“This is another form of dominance over the rest of the sectors they operate in, but it may also create dominance over other areas of the lives of citizens in a society.

“And this is why states should now be very active in eliminating censorship and eliminating monopolistic powers of those companies, as well. And this is one of the reasons we started to work on this anti-censorship regulation.”

Morawiecki and members of his political party PiS (Law and Justice Party) are pushing for the introduction of a new legislation to push back against Big Tech. They recently proposed a bill that would allow the government to fine social media companies for censoring legal speech in Poland. Additionally, the legislation would allow social media users in Poland to appeal censorship they deem unfair to the Free Speech Council, which will be formed when the bill passes. A social media platform found guilty of removing legal speech could be fined as much as $13.35 million.
2   BayArea   ignore (1)   2021 Jun 10, 7:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Absolutely awesome!
3   Misc   ignore (0)   2021 Jun 10, 7:48pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Now all we need is for one State government in the US to do the same.
4   Fortwaynemobile   ignore (3)   2021 Jun 10, 8:01pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

They won’t do that here. Too friendly with that club.
5   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Jun 10, 10:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Some of the red states might.
6   BayArea   ignore (1)   2021 Jun 11, 6:12am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Why is Poland so awesome, why are their balls so big?
7   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2021 Jun 11, 7:17am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Misc says
Now all we need is for one State government in the US to do the same.

8   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Jun 11, 10:18am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

BayArea says
Why is Poland so awesome, why are their balls so big?

I think it's because of their very hard history of being alternately invaded by the Germans and the Russians. Now that they are free of both, they are determined to really be free.

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