Social Media Isn’t To Blame for the Deadly Stabbing of a British Member of Parliament
British member of Parliament David Amess was stabbed to death Friday, allegedly by a 25-year-old British citizen of Somalian background who might have become radicalized into supporting Islamic terrorism.
The crime is still under investigation, but we do know that the Conservative M.P. wasn’t killed by an anonymous comment on Facebook. Nevertheless, a number of politicians have responded to Amess’ stabbing by condemning anonymous speech on the internet and proposing regulations to ban it.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel, who is essentially the head of law enforcement and national security, said she’s now considering regulations that would potentially force tech companies to hand over to the authorities information about anonymous users. The Independent reports “that any restrictions on anonymity would be ‘proportionate and balanced'” according to Patel, “after shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy warned she risked catching pro-democracy campaigners and whistleblowers who have a legitimate right to conceal their identities when exposing wrongdoing online.”
Parliament is in the early stages of hammering out an “online safety bill” that will force social media platforms to serve as official government censors or face penalties, reports The Guardian. A pre-legislative review is scheduled to conclude in December, after which legislation may formally be introduced.
But what does all this have to do with Amess’ killing? At the moment, absolutely nothing. For years, British lawmakers have been trying to force citizens to give up their online privacy in the name of fighting hate speech. Lawmakers want “back doors” to by
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