Saturday, February 25, 2023

UN And Brazil's President Call For Global Action Against 'Disinformation, Hate Speech'

The UN is openly embracing the agenda of mobilizing to fight against perceived online hate speech and disinformation. The latest was to organize an event called, Internet for Trust.

The unelected and well-funded organization whose purpose primarily is to facilitate conflict resolution in the real world and provide peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance in war-torn areas, is now increasingly following in the footsteps of other unelected, though less formal elite groups, like the WEF.

Now, we have announcements from one of its agencies, UNESCO – that is supposed to promote world peace and security through international education, arts and sciences cooperation, and protection of world heritage in forms of monuments, etc. – crafting its very own “guidelines” to regulate “hate speech” and “misinformation.”

According to an announcement, UNESCO has found a way to explain how (but not when or why) it started to believe it should have this power to regulate online communications by citing its mandate to promote free circulation of ideas through words and images.

“The internet and social media offer many advantages in the world today. But as we know and we have just heard, individuals are increasingly using it for disinformation. And the reality is they also propagate hate speech.

UNESCO’s global mandate includes the promotion of the free circulation of ideas through words and images. UNESCO has therefore decided to develop, through multistakeholder consultations, principles for regulation of digital platforms guidelines whose aim is to support the development and implementation of regulation procedures to guarantee freedom of expression and access to information while managing illegal contents and any contents t.hat can be so harmful to democracy and respect for human rights.

In announcing the Internet for Trust conference, UNESCO mentioned looking for ways to combat hate speech, misogyny, doxxing and conspiracy theories, and even, with a straight face, suppression of free speech.

Brazil’s President rails against online “hate speech” and “disinformation,” calls for global action

UNESCO, the UN agency for culture and education, this week organized an “impressive” gathering in Paris – “Internet for Trust.” It gathered close to 5,000 participants from governments, their regulators, Big Tech, journalists, etc., all looking for ways to stop “online hate speech.”

Among those who offered their thoughts on the topic – via a statement read by Secretary of Digital Policies Joao Brant – was ’s newly, and controversially elected president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (aka, Lula).

The highlights of President Lula’s statements reflect his political platform and manifesto, and he sees the digital era as beneficial on one hand, but also deepening social inequality because the digital market is not “distributed equally.”

Then there’s the usual complaint that the internet era poses threats to democracy (the assertion is never specific, though, especially coming from those invited to this type of conference – who exactly, and how, is causing risks to democracy, with their approach to the internet?)

Lula’s statement proceeded to list other serious problems with internet platforms, as he sees them: poor communication between people, health hazards (he claims that “disinformation” about Covid has contributed to “thousands of deaths”), and, hate speech.

Brazil’s president said that online hate speech is victimizing people on a daily basis, and once again, these are the most vulnerable. And he quickly linked that hypothesis with the recent events around his contested election, and the protests that followed.

Although he declared yet another victory – this time against his political opponents who felt disenfranchised in the election process, not least because of the pressure on social media that went all the way to censorship in some cases – Lula sees the post-election “campaign” against him as the fruit of social media, online platforms and messaging apps.

He’s not the first to make such links and level such accusations – the address does mention that the “campaign” against him was organized on the internet – and that it “used the same method use it to generate acts of violence elsewhere in the world.”

Lula now wants all that to “stop” – “the international community needs from now on to work to give effective answers to these challenging questions of our times.”

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