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Nancy Pelosi says there needs to be a “balance” to free speech

By Christina Maas | Reclaim The Net | May 17, 2022

In the wake of a mass shooting in Buffalo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went on ABC to advocate for “balance between free speech and safety.” She did not specify how this balance might be achieved, or who would have the last word in defining it.

Seemingly suggesting that suppressing free speech to some (unspecified) extent would be the way to go in dealing with cases of extreme violence, this US official made it clear that it was once again social media that politicians would like to see moderate and censor even more than they do now.

Speaking on Sunday, the Democrat also complained that it is impossible for her party to carry out its gun control proposals in the Senate, and urged “vigilance” among the population, encouraging people to report others to the authorities in case somebody is suspected of being “on a path” to committing acts of violence.

Social media companies, meantime, should “address” and also track down whatever gets classified as extremism, Pelosi’s comments suggest.

The Buffalo shooter, an 18-year-old, is presumed to have adopted the ideology of white supremacy, and Pelosi’s mention of social platforms needing to step up their speech policing game appears to stem from investigators at this time thinking that some online postings praising previous mass shootings “may be associated” with the gunman. There have also been reports of a “manifesto” being posted online before the deadly incident occurred.

Pelosi’s sentiment focusing on the role of social media was echoed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who said tech companies must be “held accountable” and be made to provide assurances that they are “taking every step humanly possible to be able to monitor this information.”

Pelosi has long been “at war” with social media, notably while pressuring Facebook to remove an edited video of her, that her supporters at the time referred to as a “deep fake.”

Also in 2020, she egged on advertisers to use their “tremendous leverage” to force social media companies to increase the level of censorship of what she considers to be misinformation. At the time, speech that Pelosi believed needed to be more strictly controlled had to do with topics such as elections and Covid.

May 18, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance |

4 Comments »

  1. If Americans knew what Nancy Pelosi had done throughout her ‘career’ behind the scenes in Congress, she would be exposed as a complete hypocrite, just for starters. See, that’s the problem. These people in positions of power, think that it’s ok for them to spout ‘bovine excreta’ over the rest of us, but, it’s a bad thing(to them) for us to point out THEIR LIES……

    And let’s be honest, if America’s Politicians had all their evil deeds and corruption, exposed to the public tomorrow, the USA wouldn’t have a government at all, They’d all be in jail.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 18, 2022 | Reply

  2. Say what you will about the Nanc, that she’s a mortician’s show-piece, a daring diplomat, a knock-out in a paisley pants suit, displays the hair dresser’s magic and so on.

    But for a geriatric zombie, can she ever articulate incomprehensible nonsense!

    Imagine both Joe and Kamala got runned over by a steam roller. Then Nanc would be in charge.

    Imagine if these phone calls were leaked when she stepped into the Oval Office. Her first phone call would be to Naftali Bennet: “Whut do I do now? Did you pin that death on a Palestinian rock thrower, yet?” Her next would be a conference call to Schiff and Schumer: “Rock, paper, scissors t’ be my Veep. Okay? I mean, not really a rock. That’s just a way of… a way of, to say it. And that’s what I’m saying. Should be clear, right? And paper that would be, well, you could get any paper, it just needs to be a paper that’s all. A tabloid would do. That would be able to be cut by a rock. No. I mean scissors would cut through it and you wouldn’t need to tear up the speech. Like, you know. I did with what’s-his-name’s speech. That nasty guy that rioted and has, like, an orange hair wig. Without scissors. It never gets cut or coffered. What a rube. Or, well any rock, for that matter. You know? You guys still there? Hello?”

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    Comment by michael | May 18, 2022 | Reply

  3. Nancy Pelosi needs to stop sipping so much Gin! Isn’t it wonderful that Pelosi doesn’t seem to understand the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees its citizens the right to free speech?

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    Comment by papasha408 | May 18, 2022 | Reply

    • ….Not if she gets ‘her way’, you won’t……These people at the top are drunk with power, they have “delusions of Grandeur”, And if they get their way, Americans will have to be very careful what they say to anyone, anywhere…….DONT let them….. She belongs in a trash can anyway…

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 18, 2022 | Reply


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