The messianic Hochul is dedicating more than $75 million to this effort to “interdict” supposed “hate crimes.” The one thing the left-wing governor did not do was to define exactly what she means by “hate.” And just who is to determine what “hate” is on social media? Recent history has shown that Democrats think normal, opposition to far-let polices is “hate.” So, does Hochul plan to send her jackbooted surveillance teams to the homes of conservatives, Christians, and Republicans because she has deemed their opposition to leftism to be “hate”? Will she direct state prosecutors to begin putting conservatives, Christians, and Republicans in jail for daring to speak out on social media? And what does all this portend for privacy rights and freedom of speech? Is Hochul signaling that only state-approved speech will be allowed in her state? Indeed, Hochul long ago proved that she feels conservative political speech is “hate” when she demanded that Facebook censer pro-lifers on its platform back in 2021. This is not a new effort, either. Hochul did not create this mass surveillance unit just this year. It has been around for a while. In fact, she has already been slapped down by the courts at least once, already. And despite that, she persists. In June of 2022, the autocratic Hochul announced rules that would force social media and online companies and platforms to report “hateful” content to her surveillance unit. At that time, she used the mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store as her excuse to crack down on free speech, The Legislative Gazette reported at the time. The laws (S.4511-A and A.7865) also created Hochul’s Task Force on Social Media and Violent Extremism in the Attorney General’s Office to identify and stop “violent extremism” and “domestic terrorism” online, the same unit she wants to expand today. By February of this year, though, Hochul’s social media requirements were blocked by Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. on free speech grounds, Reclaim the Net stated. “Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate,'” Carter wrote in his decision. Hochul is just one of the many Democrats and leftists who have launched an all-out assault on the free speech of Americans whose political ideals hail from the center-right. Our right to free speech has never been more at risk of being eliminated by rules, regulations, and censorship perpetrated by authoritarian government officials and left-minded Big Tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Apple, and the rest.
Kathy Hochul announced that New York is “collecting data” from “surveillance efforts” on social mediaHochul says the social media analysis unit will contact people who commit “hate speech” This is to “ensure safety” Even though they got rid of Guiliani’s Stop and Frisk which… pic.twitter.com/QjlPiXfRpz — Eric Abbenante (@EricAbbenante) November 13, 2023
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