BRUSSELS — For weeks, Europe’s far-right populists have been dashing across the continent, joining arms and presenting themselves as a united front that will batter the political establishment and score a big breakthrough in this week’s elections for the European Parliament. Their latest group hug came in Milan on Saturday evening, where Italy’s firebrand, Matteo Salvini, preened with France’s far right icon, Marine Le Pen, and nearly a dozen other populist leaders. They bashed the European Union, migrants and Islam and promised the dawn of a new, nationalist era. But it was telling what they did not talk about: the scandal that erupted this weekend in Austria, which led to the collapse of the nation’s coalition government after the far-right vice chancellor was caught on a video promising favors to a woman claiming to be a Russian investor. The scandal has rocked Austria. The vice chancellor, a leader of the far-right Freedom Party, quickly … [Read more...] about News Europe elections will gauge populism’s power
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LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
Facebook and its photo-messaging service Instagram have banned several right-wing extremists it deems "dangerous" including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and long-time Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone. Facebook and Instagram also banned the "Nation of Islam" leader Louis Farrakhan who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements. "We've always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology. "The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today," a Facebook spokesperson told The Atlantic on Thursday. Others who have been removed from Facebook and Twitter include Infowars, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson Laura Loomer and Paul Nehlen "under the policies against dangerous individuals and organisations". "Nehlen is a white supremacist who ran an unsuccessful primary challenge for then-House Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional seat in Wisconsin in 2016 and … [Read more...] about Facebook, Instagram ban ‘dangerous’ individuals
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was banning Alex Jones and other controversial U.S. political personalities for violating the social media company's policies on "dangerous individuals and organizations."Most of the individuals whose accounts are being removed are popular figures on the far right, including commentators Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson.Facebook also said it is banning Paul Nehlen, an avowed white supremacist who ran for Congress in 2018, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has preached black separatism and referred to Jews as "termites."The company will remove any accounts, pages, groups and events associated with the banned individuals, both on its core social network and its photo-sharing app Instagram. It says it bans any users who promote violence or hate.However, Facebook stopped short of prohibiting other users from praising or supporting the banned individuals on its platforms, as it has done for militant groups … [Read more...] about Facebook bans Alex Jones, other extremist figures
By Kevin Maimann Star Edmonton Brennan Doherty Star Calgary Tues., April 30, 2019 EDMONTON—Premier Jason Kenney named 22 cabinet ministers Tuesday, which is almost twice the number the NDP named at its inauguration in 2015 and five more than the NDP had at the end of its tenure. New ministries include one dedicated to eliminating “red tape” for businesses, one dedicated to natural gas, and one to mental health and addictions. Kenney also took one portfolio for himself. The new crop of United Conservative Party ministers includes some fresh political faces working in high-profile portfolios, such as health and energy, and some who have served with previous Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. Name: Jason Kenney Ministry: Intergovernmental affairs Article Continued Below Riding: Calgary-Lougheed Philosophy: “Alberta is an idea,” Kenney said Tuesday. “The idea that strong families, communities … [Read more...] about Meet Alberta’s new United Conservative ministers