priceofliberty: When YouTube started to remove gory videos of journalist James Foley’s beheading this week, the next stop for some Internet surfers was LiveLeak, a streaming video website that specializes in hosting graphic videos that other sites won’t touch. There was so much interest in the Foley video Wednesday that LiveLeak warned visitors about possible slowdowns due to “an abnormally high volume of traffic.” But Thursday, the site’s operators announced an out-of character decision: “We will not be showing further beheadings carried out by” ISIS. ”We’ve shown the world the true horror of this form of execution more than once in the past and we cannot find any compelling reason to even be thought of as promoting the actions of this group,” LiveLeak said in a statement. ”There is no reason at all to show more beheadings,” they added.
Uhhhh at the same time Twitter is facing heat over “allowing” violent and grisly images on the site. This Wall Street Journal article details the companies response: “Twitter’s broad free-speech stance came into focus Tuesday, when the company said immediate family members could email a special address to request the removal of images and videos of deceased individuals.”
What’s up with all of this censorship?
“You don’t understand the reality of war.”
“Absolutely right, they censor images and videos of that in the homeland!”
Communist China. Nazi Germany. Cambodia. Guatemala. Uganda. The list goes on and on. Pacification of the citizens is almost always a prerequisite to totalitarianism. There have been a lot of attempts to disarm, or at least partially disarm, people in the US throughout history as well. Each time there’s a major shooting somewhere, the chant to ban firearms grows louder. But the latest proposal is especially telling. H.R. 5344 is a bill currently going through Congress that would ban the purchase of body armor.
The purchasing of body armor would be punishable with up to 10 years in prison. I’m wondering what the statistics are of crimes being committed with body armor. Just the other day I saw someone live streaming from Ferguson using body armor to protect himself from live fire and police tear gas canisters and rubber bullets. This just seems like a really backward attempt to make people safer.