In another chilling example of how free speech is being criminalized, police in Scotland arrested a man after he made an “offensive” Facebook post about Muslim migrants arriving in his area.
Police Scotland confirmed today that they had arrested a 40-year-old man under the Communications Act for a post in which was critical of 12 Syrian families who recently arrived in the seaside town of Rothesay.
“I hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media,” remarked Insp Ewan Wilson from Dunoon police office.
That “message” is a shot across the bow for the 6,000 residents of the tiny Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde, who are about to be inundated with around 1,000 migrants. Negative opinions about the influx will not be tolerated, despite a nationwide rape and crime epidemic that has followed the migrants to countries like Germany.
Citizens across Europe are now facing fines and imprisonment for speaking out against the millions of Muslim migrants flooding into the continent.
As we reported last week, a Danish man was convicted and fined for a Facebook post in which he compared the religion of Islam to Nazism.
Facebook has also teamed up with the German government and an ex-member of the Stasi to track down and punish Germans who make anti-migrant posts on social media.
A Dutch man also received a home visit from the police after he criticized his country’s open borders refugee policy as a “bad plan” on Twitter.
“You tweet a lot. We have orders to ask you to watch your tone. Your tweets may seem seditious,” the man was told.
Broadening online definitions of “harassment” and “hate speech” are now being met with real world consequences.
If we allow Twitter and Facebook to widen the definition of what constitutes “harassment” and “hate speech,” we open the door for government repression of free speech.
Standards set online are being mirrored in the real world – handing the state the precedent to punish people for legitimate speech.
This is why social media censorship of viewpoints, critiques and even words needs to be vigorously opposed by everyone who cares about both digital and real world freedom.