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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube all signed a pledge Tuesday with the European Commission to stop the spread of “hate speech” — as loosely defined as the term may be.
Giving off a Big Brother-esque vibe, the social media giants have committed to putting a greater effort into tracking down and reporting those who engage in hate speech to authorities, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Considering how delicate social justice warriors are in the Obama age, taking offense to the slightest of provocations, social media users were justifiably nervous about the development — so much so that the hashtag #IStandWithHateSpeech started trending on Twitter late Tuesday.
The reactions were summed up best by one user who said: “If you don’t stand with hate speech you don’t believe in free speech. It really is as simple as that.”
All in all, the responses offer a glimmer of hope that free speech is still revered by Americans… here’s a sampling from Twitter:
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#IStandWithHateSpeech because in order to protect the First Amendment all speech must be protected. No matter how vile. No safe spaces kids.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech is trending and I wish to be traded to another species.
You can ask for future draft picks
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) May 31, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech Because if we don’t have words we are nothing.
It’s actions not words that should be punished.
— Dee (@kitsonde) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech because “hate” is the manufactured taboo of the ruling class who will dispossess white working people if not resisted
— HP Lovecraft (@HPLovecraft10) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech because you’re not truly an advocate for liberty until you defend speech with which you fundamentally disagree.
— Gonzo App (@GonzoApp) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech because once Galileo’s speech about the earth being a sphere instead of flat, was declared as such.
— Phen0menax (@phen0menax) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech because talking about the Tiananmen Square protest in China is hate speech.
— Hunyadi Senpai (@HunyadiSenpai) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech today it’s a opinion you don’t like, but sooner than later it’s your own opinion.
Protect Freedom of speech
— Alæx B (@AlexBfromG) June 1, 2016
— AliRadicali (@AliRadicali) June 1, 2016
I’d rather live with the consequences of too much free speech than live with the consequences of too little. Thats why #Istandwithhatespeech
— John Bridges (@JohnBridges76) June 1, 2016
If you don’t stand with hate speech you don’t believe in free speech. It really is as simple as that. #IStandWithHateSpeech
— Space Bunnyopoulos (@Spacebunnyday) June 1, 2016
“Hate speech” is a nonsense term invented by those who seek to control & censor.#istandwithhatespeech
— Sithlord Sabrina (@SabrinaLianne) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech is trending because brain dead SJW millennial’s think that disagreement is hate speech.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 1, 2016
#IStandWithHateSpeech is a reaction to the Orwellian new social media standards that will turn anyone with an opinion into a criminal.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 1, 2016
— Will Spotswood (@Will_Spots) June 1, 2016
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