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The U.S. approach to free speech (absolutism) is out of step with other democracies, and leads to this sort of tacit support for Nazis and other white supremacists.

cbsnews.com/news/us-votes-…
Explaining the lack of support for an anti-Nazi resolution, an official said: "... due to this resolution's overly narrow scope and politicized nature, and because it calls for unacceptable limits on the fundamental freedom of expression, the United States cannot support it."
This is antithetical to human rights.
It is possible to value freedom of expression AND human rights. This is what other western democracies do.
In the US, this "free speech absolutism" gets combined with the misbegotten notion in the tech world that "information just wants to be free." Thanks, John Perry Barlow, for that one. medium.com/@terrymockler/…
Not all expressions are equal.
Some words are intended to INJURE. Some words lead to genocide.
Standing on the sidelines of the global human rights community saying that condemning the speech of Nazis is "politicized" and "a limit on expression" is to side with fascism and hatred.
The combination of these two wrong-headed ideas, free speech absolutism + the cyber-libertarianism of the Internet, keeps giving oxygen to the global fire of white supremacist ideology + violence.
Here's a chapter on "Combating Global White Supremacy in the Digital Era," from Cyber Racism (2009), where I tried to explain some of this: academicworks.cuny.edu/gc_pubs/197/
clip: "The resistance to restricting white supremacy online from reveals a real lack of awareness about both the history +contemporary reality of racial inequality in the U.S."
"Often, the embrace of restrictions for white supremacy online in other countries is contextualized by reference to specific histories of oppression which presumably the U.S. is free from."
For ex, [2 famous Internet scholars] write:

“Germany bans Nazi speech for ...the same reason that Japan’s Constitution outlaws aggressive war: it is a nation still coming to grips with the horrors it committed in its past, +terrified that they could happen again."
The U.S. has a past + a present rife with its own horrors, rooted in white supremacy. Tell me again why we aren't "coming to grips" with those horrors? Because we're fine with it, perhaps?
Again, the U.S. is (+ was before the current regime), OUT OF STEP with other democratic societies when it comes to condemning Nazis + expressions of related ideologies.
The US tolerance, if you will, for Nazis + other white supremacists online led one scholar to call the US a "haven for hate speech."
More than this, the US is the chief importer and exporter of white supremacy online.
We've got a real, global crisis on our hands with the networked spread of white supremacy ideology + attendant violence.
Meanwhile, the US gov't refuses to back a very basic, anti-Nazi resolution at the UN.
AND, tech companies mostly dither when it comes to de-platforming Nazis, even though this is possible, scalable, and effective.
For example, this guy was de-platformed and it worked.

vox.com/policy-and-pol…
But, when the platforms (like this one) are optimized for TRAFFIC, rather than user experience, then you get Nazis.

damemagazine.com/2017/10/19/twi…
Most of the tech platforms are Cupertino-US-based.
So the social context of the (wrong-headed) free speech absolutism reinforces tech co's already-in-place reluctance to de-platform Nazis because, you know, information just wants to be free.
Of course, the most dangerous white supremacist is the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A "a symbol of renewed white identity" according to the #Christchurch shooter.
If Milo can be de-platformed, why not Orange Mussolini?
/done.
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