The World Economic Forum (WEF) is calling for increased censorship and “interventions” in free speech rights to “improve safety” online.
In a new twist, German economist Klaus Schwab’s organization claims it is “thinking of the children” with its new push for online content moderation.
The group’s “formative content” senior writer lays out its new “protect the kids” agenda in a piece published on the WEF website.
The WEF argues that Big Tech companies must ramp up censorship efforts by removing content and applying warning labels to people’s posts to “enhance safety in digital spaces.”
According to the globalist organization, posts containing “harmful content,” “hate speech” and “disinformation” about “climate change” and vaccines must be removed because children may see it.
The article’s author, Simon Torkington, suggests that social media companies should introduce strict verification policies because children under 13 are still able to sign up for accounts.
The UK has long struggled with ways of adding age verification as declaratively a way to protect children.
At the same time, such methods raise many red flags regarding how these checks could seriously undermine the privacy of everybody, and be misused and abused.
The WEF now cites a report it commissioned from the UK’s telecommunications regulator Ofcom about the age of children on social platforms.
The WEF post doesn’t go deep into the Ofcom report’s methodology in coming up with the results.
However, the results from the report are: Children not only use a fake age to sign up for social media but often have their parents’ consent for this, and more – the parents are helping those under 13 get on there.
Despite the findings, both Ofcom and the WEF suggest that they know better than the parents regarding what is good for their children.
Ofcom thinks that the parents in many cases don’t want their children to “miss out” – while the numbers say about a third of kids and teens aged 8 to 17 had set up accounts providing an adult age.
The WEF’s Global Coalition for Digital Safety Project Lead Minos Bantourakis says this situation can expose children to “harmful content” including “violence, grooming, hate speech, self-harm, suicide, and sexual content.”
To prevent all that, the WEF’s solution is for Big Tech companies to incorporate “a wide range of interventions” to remove any offending content from the Internet.
The WEF’s Global Coalition for Digital Safety describes itself as “a public-private partnership that draws together tech platforms and online safety organizations alongside academia, civil society, and government in a project to enhance safety in digital spaces.”
Through this group, the WEF wants to be “where it’s at” when it comes to setting standards and rules for everybody.
First, establish “a set of global principles for digital safety to ensure human rights, privacy and security.”
Next, “the panel will also work to create a toolkit for designed-in safety interventions that could include content removal, warning labels as well as proactive tactics to improve safety.”
And lastly, the WEF calls for a “digital safety risk assessment framework, which platforms would use to assess digital safety risks and measure the impact of interventions.”
So next time you get suspended for misgendering someone on Twitter or have your bank account shut down for questioning why you must be vaccinated for a virus with mild cold-like symptoms, just remember that Klaus Schwab and his World Economic Forum allies are “just thinking of the children.”
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