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Hermann

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The government's preoccupation with online abuse in the wake of recent tragic events is very interesting, given that by all accounts online abuse had absolutely nothing to do with it. Also interesting the charge is being led by Nadine Dorries, who has a bit of form on social media, to put it mildly.

Add to that a couple of instances of Conservative MPs branding fairly innocuous social media comments as abuse, and a cynical person might suspect that they are attempting to use a tragedy to shut down legitimate questions. Luckily I am not so cynical.
 

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So 265 "loyal" Tories troop into the lobbies and vote to allow their fat-cat cronies in the privatised water monopolies to dump untreated human effluent into our rivers and seas.
Even the usually fawning Daily Heil is up in arms.
Fury as Tory MPs vote to allow water companies to dump raw sewage into Britain's rivers and seas | Daily Mail Online
Don't recall seeing THAT in their manifesto:
Vote Conservative - Get Sh!t
Still, when you next see all that brown froth washing past you it will, at least, give literal meaning to the phrase "Tory Scum"
 

Hermann

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So 265 "loyal" Tories troop into the lobbies and vote to allow their fat-cat cronies in the privatised water monopolies to dump untreated human effluent into our rivers and seas.
Even the usually fawning Daily Heil is up in arms.
Fury as Tory MPs vote to allow water companies to dump raw sewage into Britain's rivers and seas | Daily Mail Online
Don't recall seeing THAT in their manifesto:
Vote Conservative - Get Sh!t
Still, when you next see all that brown froth washing past you it will, at least, give literal meaning to the phrase "Tory Scum"
Twitter doing us proud by getting #TurdReich to trend in response.

Funnily enough some of the social media activity I mentioned above is in relation to this:
 

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Twitter doing us proud by getting #TurdReich to trend in response.
Now now Hermann. You're surely not trying to imply that our present administration are a bunch of faechists?

Condoms in the Cherwell?
Turds in the Thames?
Andrex in the Avon?
Who knows where this ends?
 
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You gotta "Level up?
Or is it "slow things down?
Heck, once you've lied to get those votes
You can just spin things round
But you might just find
In three year's time
Folk re-making their mind up

(With apologies to BJ's Spooneristic tribute band "Bucks Fiz")
HS2 trains to run on existing track as part of government scaling back (msn.com)
Those former "red wall" voters in the "northern powerhouse" were really sold a pup, weren't they!
 

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The government's preoccupation with online abuse in the wake of recent tragic events is very interesting, given that by all accounts online abuse had absolutely nothing to do with it. Also interesting the charge is being led by Nadine Dorries, who has a bit of form on social media, to put it mildly.

Add to that a couple of instances of Conservative MPs branding fairly innocuous social media comments as abuse, and a cynical person might suspect that they are attempting to use a tragedy to shut down legitimate questions. Luckily I am not so cynical.

The latest manufactured "culture war" so I suspect in this instance they can give Muslim terrorists a free pass being silencing critics is more important.

Incidentally, I'm not against losing online anonymity. I saw some fool saying they didn't want it to happen as it wouldn't make a satire account they run as funny.
 

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The latest manufactured "culture war" so I suspect in this instance they can give Muslim terrorists a free pass being silencing critics is more important.

Incidentally, I'm not against losing online anonymity. I saw some fool saying they didn't want it to happen as it wouldn't make a satire account they run as funny.
It's true that online anonymity gives power to trolls.
Algorithms exacerbate that power by routing and filtering.

There does need to be some anonymised means for whistleblowers, reporters from within oppressive regimes etc.
 

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On a separate note, I'm very pleased to see a large rise in the minimum wage in the upcoming budget.

Let's hope there's no additional rises in tax or loss of future pension benefits to offset this.
 

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Surely it could work very similarly to what we have with TV/print media?
To an extent.

The big difference, of course, is that the filter then is what the TV/print media deem 'publishable' and a lot of that is commercially driven.
A worry for me with public interest channels being under threat worldwide.
 
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