Good intentions of the beleaguered will destroy our liberties. Theresa May and others who think like her need to realize the horrible truth which can’t be uttered in today’s inclusive world.
The internet is not the problem.
Theresa May is asking the world’s biggest countries to launch a crackdown on social media in an attempt to stop terrorism.
The prime minister will ask governments to unite to regulate what tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter allow to be posted on their networks. By doing so, she will force them to remove “harmful” extremist content, she will suggest to G7 members at a meeting in Italy.
The warning comes amid increasing pressure on internet and technology companies from the government. The Conservatives have promised to impose new regulation on the internet if they win the next election, and have repeatedly stressed that they will weaken security so that they can read messages in a move they claim will help fight terrorism.
The internet is no more the cause of religious fanaticism and violence than is the phone or the printing press.
The problem is this.
The sooner we allow ourselves to recognize this, the greater the chance the internet will remain free.