Elon Musk is Threatened with “Sanctions” at World Economic Forum

Elon Musk is Threatened with “Sanctions” at World Economic Forum


Elon Musk is Threatened with “Sanctions” at World Economic Forum

He must “Behave” and Stop Free Speech

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“The time of the Wild West is over,” the European Commission’s Vice-President for Values and Transparency Věra Jourová warned Elon Musk at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Speaking with Euronews Next in Davos on Wednesday, Jourová said Twitter would face sanctions if it didn’t comply with the EU’s new online regulations.

Asked if the E.U. could force big platforms like Twitter to comply with the new online laws that aim to restrict speech and confine public opinion to state-approved narratives, she said that there was “nothing stronger than legislation in force.”

“We will have the Digital Services Act [DSA]. We will have the Code of Practice as a part of this legislation,” Jourová said.

“So, after Mr Musk took over Twitter with his ‘freedom of speech absolutism,’ we are the protectors of freedom of speech as well,” she claimed.

Jourová did not further clarify what she was talking about.

It isn’t the first time the E.U. has fired a warning shot at Elon Musk about allowing users to speak their minds freely on the digital platform.

Earlier in January, the European Commission warned Elon Musk that Twitter must do much more to protect users from “hate speech,” “misinformation” and other “harmful” content, or risk a fine and possibly even a ban under strict new EU content moderation rules.

Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for digital policy, told Musk that the social media platform will have to significantly increase efforts to comply with the new rules, known as the Digital Services Act, which are set to take effect next year.

The two held a video call in January to discuss Twitter’s preparedness for the law, which will require tech companies to act as Thought Police on their platforms for content that the European governments find objectionable.

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(TLB) published this article from Becker News as compiled and written by Kyle Becker

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Elon Musk Fights Child Sex Abuse After Twitter’s Speech Police Refused For Years

Elon Musk Fights Child Sex Abuse After Twitter’s Speech Police Refused For Years

Elon Musk is cracking down on child sexual abuse material on Twitter, saying he is making it “Priority #1.”

Before Musk bought the tech company in October, the censorship police at Twitter permitted child porn to exist on the app for years. Instead of combating the exploitation of children, Twitter employees focused their energy on silencing people with whom they disagreed, such as deleting doctors who deviated from the government and Big Pharma narrative on Covid, removing the sitting President of the United States Donald Trump, and suppressing the explosive Hunter Biden laptop story (which boosted then-candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 election). 

In an interview with Tesmanian, Eliza Bleu, an advocate for human trafficking victims and a survivor of it herself, said she tried to get Twitter to address the child porn on the app for two years, but execs refused to take any meaningful steps. In February 2022, Twitter implemented a reporting feature for child sexual abuse but a few months later removed it. It is unclear why the tech giant removed the feature. 

Now Musk is shaking things up at Twitter. Within three weeks of acquiring the company, Musk fired useless Twitter employees, such as “censor chief” Vijaya Gadde, and implemented real measures to counter the child sexual exploitation problem on the app. According to Bleu, Twitter has now removed several popular child porn hashtags and allows users to directly report posts for sexual abuse.

In a pre-Musk September Twitter thread, Bleu shared the heart-wrenching story of a 13-year-old minor who “begged Twitter to remove a video sexually exploiting him.” According to his family, Twitter execs refused despite the victim providing Twitter with his government ID proving he was a minor at the time. The abusive video had more than 160,000 views and more than 2,000 retweets, according to Bleu. The victim’s lawsuit alleges that Twitter only deleted the video after the Department of Homeland Security demanded it be removed. 

Another child-abusing Twitter account the company reportedly didn’t remove for four years had accumulated 290,000 followers by the time it was taken down. Another abuser reportedly made $8,000 selling child porn on Twitter by blackmailing minors. Communications between the abusive Twitter user and his victims depict children “crying and begging” not to be exploited.

Today, many of Twitter’s speech police have either been fired or quit, and Musk has reinstated the accounts of formally banned thought criminals, such as Trump, Jordan Peterson, Project Veritas, and the Babylon Bee. Instead of silencing users whose politics don’t align with Twitter employees, Musk appears to be focusing on moderating content that is actually illegal and harmful.

“After years of advocating for the minor survivors of Twitter, I’ve never been as hopeful as I am right now,” Bleu said. “I don’t expect perfection from a platform. All I’ve ever wanted was to see a sense of urgency around such a serious matter. In many of these cases, this is a matter of life or death for each victim, so every second matters.”


Evita Duffy is a staff writer to The Federalist and the co-founder of the Chicago Thinker. She loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing, and her family. Follow her on Twitter at @evitaduffy_1 or contact her at evita@thefederalist.com.

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WATCH: When ‘My Son Hunter’ Star Laurence Fox Confronted UK Speech Police Arresting Veteran for a Meme

WATCH: When ‘My Son Hunter’ Star Laurence Fox Confronted UK Speech Police Arresting Veteran for a Meme

Laurence Fox, the star of Breitbart’s upcoming film My Son Hunter — which tells the story of Hunter Biden, whose laptop was the subject of perhaps the most significant act of political censorship in the history of the United States — has become a champion of freedom of speech in Britain, personally taking on a police force for arresting a British Army veteran for posting a meme on Facebook.

Actor Laurence Fox, who stars as Hunter Biden in the Breitbart production My Son Hunter, which is available for PRE-ORDER NOW and will be available for download and streaming on September 7th, has become a leading force in against censorship in Britain after his widely publicised “cancelling” in the British entertainment industry for speaking out against leftist dogma, such as “white privilege”.

In July, Fox, alongside former police officer turned free speech advocate Harry Miller, staged a To Catch a Predator-style sting operation on the Hampshire Constabulary police force, who came to the home of British Army veteran Darren Brady to arrest him for sharing a meme — originally posted by Fox — of four Progress Pride flags arranged to form an LGBTQIA2S+ swastika, ironically mocking how leftist ideology has become authoritarian in Britain.

Rather than arresting the veteran quietly with little fanfare, as is typically the case, the officers were met by Fox, Miller, and a film crew ready to expose the force for acting as a thought police “Gestapo” rather than focusing on an ever-growing backlog of unsolved burglary cases, among other crimes.

Fox, who live-streamed the arrest on social media to thousands of viewers, admonished the officers for acting as an “anti-British politicised police force.”

“They serve a protected ideology… if you criticise the new woke ideology, you criticise the Pride movement, you end up in cuffs, whether you have served this country and have long medals for distinction and good service, you will end up in cuffs for expressing a perfectly legal view,” Fox told his social media audience.

In the video, the officers explained to the veteran that “someone has been caused, obviously, anxiety based upon your social media post, and that’s the reason why you’ve been arrested.”

Despite being the land that codified concepts such as freedom of speech, the United Kingdom has fallen low with censorship in recent decades, with laws such as the Communications Act 2003 empowering police to arrest thousands of citizens for being “grossly offensive” or intentionally causing “annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”.

Thousands more have had their internet posts recorded by police forces throughout the country in a database for Orwellian-sounding “non-crime hate incidents,” which are often based on subjective reports to police of general offence-taking.  Although such incidents are not actual crimes, they can still turn up on a criminal background check done by prospective employers, thereby creating a further chilling effect on speech.

While successive so-called Conservative governments have refused to rescind speech restrictions imposed under Labour prime minsiter Tony Blair, figures such as Reclaim Party leader Laurence Fox and others have taken it into their own hands to fight against the increasingly censorious government.

The arrest of the veteran caused widespread outrage and even resulted in the elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the area, Donna Jones, openly criticising the actions taken by the officers, saying: “I am concerned about both the proportionality and necessity of the police’s response to this incident. When incidents on social media receive not one but two visits from police officers, but burglaries and non-domestic break-ins don’t always get a police response, something is wrong.”

The Police and Crime Commissioner went on to announce that she would be scrapping woke “re-education” lessons on racism, sexism, and transphobia imposed by Hampshire Constabulary on people who committed no crimes.

Speaking to Breitbart News, Laurence Fox said that his Bad Law Project will continue trying to fight the censorship regime in Britain, saying: “We are not going to stop until every institution is reclaimed for the people whom they exist to represent”.

The My Son Hunter star said that it is his children who are the main motivating force behind his campaigning against censorship, explaining: “They are the only reason why I want to protect freedom of speech, because the only way we can make the world a better place is to pass on the best possible world to our kids, and this suppression of free speech is to pass on communism to your children, and I won’t do it.”

Follow Kurt Zindulka on Twitter here @KurtZindulka

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