(RightIsRight.co) – President Joe Biden’s administration will soon outlaw “hate speech” in the United States, according to the prediction of a high-ranking official of the European Union.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Vera Jourova, a vice president of the European Commission, the executive branch of the E.U., predicted that America would follow Europe in anti-hate speech legislation.
“Illegal hate speech, which you will have soon also in the U.S. I think that we have a strong reason why we have this in the criminal law,” declared the European Commission Vice President for Values and Transparency, as cited by Breitbart News.
The report points out that the prediction made by Jourova, a Czech politician, runs counter to case law rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court protecting the right to free speech under the First Amendment of the American Constitution.
Jourova, who formerly served as the E.U.’s Commissioner in charge of “justice, consumers, and gender equality,” commented during a Davos forum panel on “The Clear and Present Danger of Disinformation.”
The report notes it was ironic the panel on disinformation was hosted by former CNN anchor Brian Stelter due to his own problematic “relationship with the truth.”
Besides Jourova, the other panelists were Democrat U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, New York Times chairman Gregg Sulzberger, and Internews CEO Jeanne Bourgault.
Moulton seemed to agree with the hate speech legislation prediction for the U.S. made by the high-ranking E.U. official.
“I think in general the U.S. has a lot to learn in terms of data regulation, internet regulation… You’re way ahead of us in that regard,” he stated.
Yet, he remarked later he didn’t think the U.S. politicians were prepared to abandon the freedom of speech as a fundamental right.
Jourova’s comments came amid the E.U.’s dispute with Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk, who proclaimed his commitment to free speech.
The European Commission vice president told Euractiv that Twitter should partner with the E.U. on fighting disinformation and hate speech.
“We need the platforms to work with the language to identify such cases,” she stated.
“[E.U. laws on online speech] apply to Twitter regardless of who owns it. Musk should not underestimate our efforts to make big platforms responsible,” Jourova added.
She pointed out the E.U.’s Digital Services Act, which entered into force in November, and boosted the E.U. institutions’ powers to police “hate speech” and “disinformation” through punitive mechanisms against online platforms.
“Regulators are already closely monitoring compliance with the applicable data protection rules, and we will be able to enforce the Digital Services Act later this year as well,” Jourova said.
If companies such as Twitter don’t comply with the new E.U. law by February 2024, the E.U. can fine them up to 6% of their global income or ban them altogether.
The United States will soon implement laws against so-called hate speech, a top Eurocrat claimed at the World Economic Forum. https://t.co/oKvraniVPU
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 19, 2023