State Department: United States Joins Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online

This is a huge relief.

The Biden administration is endorsing the “Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online,” however, it also remains committed to “freedom of expression” and “freedoms of speech and association protected by the First Amendment” and “people’s reasonable expectations of privacy” and opposes restrictions on “the freedoms of individuals to seek, receive, and impart information through their media of choice.” I was starting to get worried about the mounting censorship and the naked assault on civil liberties from woke progressives.

State Department:

“The United States endorses the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, formally joining those working together under the rubric of the Call to prevent terrorists and violent extremists from exploiting the Internet.  The terrible terrorist attacks of March 15, 2019 against houses of worship in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the deplorable depiction in real time of those shootings graphically demonstrated the ability of terrorist and violent extremist online content to incite violence.  For the United States, countering domestic violent extremism — including racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism — is a compelling priority.  We are committed to working closely with international partners who share our values and norms to prevent and counter all forms of terrorism. …

We applaud language in the Christchurch Call emphasizing the importance of respecting human rights and the rule of law, including the protection of freedom of expression.  In participating in the Christchurch Call, the United States will not take steps that would violate the freedoms of speech and association protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, nor violate people’s reasonable expectations of privacy.  …

To that end, we highlight the importance of ensuring that governments do not abuse the Call as justification for restrictions on internationally protected human rights, including the freedoms of individuals to seek, receive, and impart information through their media of choice. …”

If you lay siege to the White House or burn down large parts of Minneapolis or blow up police stations or attack a federal courthouse like Fort Sumter for six months or vandalize hundreds of monuments or take over part of Seattle, but you are on the side of the political establishment, you can say whatever you want online and the DOSJ will not press federal charges against you.

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Author: Hunter Wallace


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