Europe Says Goodbye to Free Internet Speech



European courts have decided to hold website owners liable for user comments.

They have a good reason they think: The ECHR (European Convention of Human Rights) cited “the ‘extreme’ nature of the comments which the court considered to amount to hate speech, the fact that they were published on a professionally-run and commercial news website,” as well as the “insufficient measures taken by Delfi [an Estonia-based company] to weed out the comments in question and the low likelihood of a prosecution of the users who posted the comments.”

They’re after “manifestly unlawful” content. What that means no one can really say which means everyone will delete dissenting user comments at breakneck speed. Maybe they’ll get rid of user comments altogether.

Delfi didn’t show “proactive monitoring”. Does that mean by the day, by the hour, by the second?

Estonians rested their case on the fact that its ‘freedom to impart information created and published by third parties’—the commenters—was at stake.”

It fell on deaf ears. If your user is offensive, you’re liable in Europe.

If it went to a different European court, they would have been safe.

This is what happens when the rule of law is abolished and relative law is established.

This is more than the camel’s nose under the tent.

If even the title European Convention of Human Rights sounds like something out of 1984, it’s because it is.

It hasn’t happened here yet but remember senators like Dianne Feinstein don’t want laws protecting journalists to protect anyone but mainstream media which is now synonymous with left-wing media.