MPs Equate Trolls to PaedosCross Party Call For Online Vigilantism


An all-party panel of MPs has called for socially conscious online vigilantes to pro-actively seek out and report offensive social media comments. The group has proposed a prominent (and no doubt expensive) awareness campaign to help “civil society” report Twitter trolls. It comes as part of a package of bonkers proposals that wants horrible people to be banned from the internet in the same way paedophiles are currently under the Sexual Offences Prevention Orders.  The purpose of Sexual Offences Prevention Orders are to protect the “public from serious physical or psychological harm.” While the rise of anti-Semitism online is a worrying trend, there is no doubt that such measures would be abused to stifle legitimate free speech. Get your pitch forks, someone is saying mean words over there…

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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