European Union official Vera Jourova claimed during a World Economic Forum (WEF) panel that the US would “soon” have “illegal hate speech” laws.
Hate speech laws, of course, would be a direct violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Jourova made the claim on a panel on “the clear and present danger of disinformation” with former CNN Host Brian Stelter on Tuesday.
“For hate speech, we need the people who understand the language and the case law in the country, because what qualifies as hate speech, illegal hate speech, which you will have soon also in the U.S., we have a strong reason why we have this in the criminal law,” Jourova said.
European Commission VP Věra Jourová at the WEF:
“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.” pic.twitter.com/iLR1MePTYT
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“We need the platforms to simply work with the language and identify such cases. The AI [artificial intelligence] would be too dangerous,” Jourova continued.
The WEF description of the panel on their website says, “How can the public, regulators and social media companies better collaborate to tackle disinformation, as information pollution spreads at unprecedented speed and scale?”
Stelter was fired by CNN last year.