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When I was elected 5 years ago, after Germany had passed a lobby-drafted law that crushed small media & helped Google, I never imagined that opposing the same law at EU level would inspire the @EU_Commission to compare me to the Brexit campaign:… #Article11
But this is what it’s come to. According to the @EU_Commission anyone opposing this law, that academics, human rights defenders at the UN like @davidakaye and even the inventor of the WWW @timberners_lee warn against, is a mob. They’re insulting the greatest supporters of the EU.
Many people, the @EU_Commission complains, get their info on #Article13 on YouTube, where it’s all lies & short slogans. Guess what: One of the most popular videos is a lawyer explaining #Article13 paragraph by paragraph. The video is 50 minutes long.
Another Youtube creator, @HerrNewstime has streamed & recorded hours of reporting this week, including live interviews of politicians in favour & against the proposal. He’s covered everything from the German coalition agreement to divisions between different rightsholder groups.
Young people, in Germany and in the rest of Europe, are watching this coverage in millions, doing everything they possibly can to read the source material, make up their own minds, create their own commentary. This is not a mob, it’s democracy in action. #SaveYourInternet
Reading EU legislation, talking and arguing about it, trying to convince your MEPs, is not what has caused Brexit. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Having a lively debate on EU legislation BEFORE it is passed is the EU’s salvation. @EU_Commission, you’re making a huge mistake.
@EU_Commission The original article has been removed. For context, you can still read it here.…
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