Daniel Greenfield, Normally the visit by the prime minister of a fairly tiny country wouldn’t be an issue, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became an iconic figure when she launched a successful effort to deprive her people of their civil rights due to an act of violence.
The resulting deprivation of civil rights has traveled far beyond New Zealand with Ardern’s so-called Christchurch Call that’s already affecting Americans.
In his PJ Media article, Tyler O’Neil dug into the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) which is funded by Google, Facebook, Microsoft and currently chaired by Twitter. Its advisory committee members include the United Nations, the European Union, and the British, French, and Canadian governments as well as the National Security Council in the U.S.
GIFCT had been set up by the industry in response to pressure from governments to remove Jihadist propaganda, but its Hash Sharing Consortium, a secret database of terrorism content to be immediately removed when its 13 dot com companies come across it, is secret, and so there’s no way for anyone to know if they’ve been targeted and no appeal from the secret list.
The creation of a secret “No Fly List” for the internet by the biggest monopolies which control over 80% of social media content and much of the self-created video content on the internet would be troubling enough, but by 2019, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon had joined the Christchurch Call which advocates not just banning terrorist material, but fighting its root causes by strengthening “inclusiveness” and fighting “violent extremism”.
Ardern’s arrival in America is sure to be an attack on the already threatened civil rights of Americans.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who successfully oversaw the implementation of gun control measures in her own country, will meet with President Biden on Tuesday at the White House to discuss a range of issues, including countering “radicalization to violence both off and online.”
That’s spelled “censorship”.
Ardern touched on the topic during her Harvard commencement address last week, while also discussing the dangers of disinformation and online radicalization.
“We knew we needed significant gun reform, and so that is what we did,” she said. “But we also knew that if we wanted genuine solutions to the issue of violent extremism online, it would take government, civil society and the tech companies themselves to change the landscape.”
The Uvalde shooting was actually inconvenient because the Left wanted to talk about Buffalo which would have fit neatly with that theme. You could see Obama trying to push the Uvalde kids out of the way to connect drug overdose victim George Floyd with the Buffalo shooting victims. But it didn’t work.
That doesn’t mean that they won’t try anyway.