Digital Rights Group in the United States Slams Tech Companies for Eliminating Neo Nazis from the Servers
A popular digital rights group located in San Francisco- United States, criticized numerous tech companies on Thursday, August 17, 2017, for barring several neo-Nazi groups from services and servers, quoting the actions seemed “dangerous” and were threatening free expression on the digital sphere. Online Security Company Cloudfare, Alphabet’s Google, GoDaddy Inc, and several other technology firms took precautionary steps and blocked hate groups considering the violence that took place in Charlottesville- Virginia, on the weekend, where huge number of white nationalists gathered to protest exclusion of the statue of Robert E. Lee (the Confederate General) from the park.
Electronic Frontier Foundation’s executive director, Cindy Cohn mentioned in a blog post along with couple of other staffers that, “we firmly believe that what Cloudfare, Google, and GoDaddy did in this case was dangerous.” The blog she posted clearly reflected year-long stress and tension emerging in Silicon Valley, a place where a lot of company executives wish to distance and detach themselves form rebels but are worried that choosing and picking what is endurable on their stages could call for more rules and regulations from the governments.
Electronic Frontier Foundation mentioned in the post that, “protecting any kind of free speech is not something that we practice as we completely agree with the speech that is being protected. We practice it because, the authority to decide who should speak and who should not, is highly perilous to hand to any government or any company.”
The group asked the popular companies managing internet domain names, like GoDaddy and Google, to generate strict rules and “draw a hard line” but not to impair or suspend the domain names based on sensitive and expressive content of the services or websites. The blog also resonated concerns expressed by Matthew Prince, who is the chief executive of Cloudfare. Matthew said on Wednesday that he thought of dropping coverage of a neo-Nazi site known as Daily Stormer but his decision to so was conflicted.
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