Sometimes the budding fascists among us are dopey enough to let slip their ultimate plans, like the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden:
At the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, Ardern announced a new initiative "to help improve research and understanding of how a person's online experiences are curated by automated processes," saying the work, done in partnership with companies and non-profits, will be "important in understanding more about mis- and disinformation online - A challenge that we must as leaders address." ...
"As leaders, we are rightly concerned that even the most light-touch approaches to disinformation could be misinterpreted as being hostile to the values of free speech that we value so highly," she noted. "But while I cannot tell you today what the answer is to this challenge, I can say with complete certainty that we cannot ignore it. To do so poses an equal threat to the norms we all value."
After all, how do you successfully end a war if people are led to believe the reason for its existence is not only legal but noble? How do you tackle climate change if people do not believe it exists? How do you ensure the human rights of others are upheld, when they are subjected to hateful and dangerous rhetoric and ideology?" she asked.
Yeah uh huh. Translation: This is what Jacinda Arden wants to do to you, personally:
And let me tell you, she's just getting started:
We have the means; we just need the collective will.
That should embolden everyone who cares about free speech to get the heck off the sidelines immediately.
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