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Theresa May appears to intend to screw Britons over, one way or another

22 May

Dismaying, but unsurprising… (Hat tip.)

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works.

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”

Senior Tories confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the phrasing indicates that the government intends to introduce huge restrictions on what people can post, share and publish online.

The plans will allow Britain to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet”, the manifesto claims.

It comes just soon after the Investigatory Powers Act came into law. That legislation allowed the government to force internet companies to keep records on their customers’ browsing histories, as well as giving ministers the power to break apps like WhatsApp so that messages can be read.

The manifesto makes reference to those increased powers, saying that the government will work even harder to ensure there is no “safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online”. That is apparently a reference in part to its work to encourage technology companies to build backdoors into their encrypted messaging services – which gives the government the ability to read terrorists’ messages, but also weakens the security of everyone else’s messages, technology companies have warned.

The government now appears to be launching a similarly radical change in the way that social networks and internet companies work. While much of the internet is currently controlled by private businesses like Google and Facebook, Theresa May intends to allow government to decide what is and isn’t published, the manifesto suggests.

The new rules would include laws that make it harder than ever to access pornographic and other websites. The government will be able to place restrictions on seeing adult content and any exceptions would have to be justified to ministers, the manifesto suggests.

The manifesto even suggests that the government might stop search engines like Google from directing people to pornographic websites. “We will put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm,” the Conservatives write.

So, the choice Britons get in their upcoming election is this:

If they elect Labour, Brexit could be in jeopardy, because Labour can’t be trusted to see it through. (Maybe that’s her aim…)

If they do vote the Tories back in, Brexit may happen, but Britons will also get increased state tyranny as regards what they can see and post online. A deeper Deep State…

Fucked either way…

Why, it’s as if a certain vindictive ex-Remainder wishes to punish Britons for making the ‘wrong’ choice…

*Update, post-Manchester-attacks (hat tip):

G7 Summit: Theresa May to ask world leaders to launch internet crackdown after Manchester attack

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8 responses to “Theresa May appears to intend to screw Britons over, one way or another

  1. feeriker

    May 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Does May have her partisan cheerleader corps that is the equivalent of “Chumps for Trump” here? Are they just as dusional as the CFTs?

     
    • Will S.

      May 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      I don’t know. A friend of mine in England was skeptical about the veracity of this particular article, but he doesn’t trust May, either, for many other reasons (he has been a UKIP supporter forever; doesn’t trust the Tories to see Brexit through). So, no chump for May, he…

       
      • feeriker

        May 23, 2017 at 1:04 am

        …doesn’t trust the Tories to see Brexit through).

        Anyone who would put their money on ANY part of the British political Establishment seeing Brexit to fruition is, to put it charitably, a moron. Brexit is to the UK what Trump’s Wall is to the USSA: political vaporware. Ain’t gonna happen. I’d love to be proven wrong on both counts, but alas, the evidence unfolding before our eyes and ears strongly suggests otherwise.

         
      • Will S.

        May 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

        Alas…

         

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