Internet users will be protected from abusive bloggers and malicious Facebook postings under proposals to set up an independent internet watchdog, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
The body, made up of industry representatives, would be responsible for drawing up guidelines that social networking sites, the blogosphere, website owners and search engines would be expected to follow.
The recommendation is one of several that the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee is expected to make in its long-awaited report on harmful content on the internet and in video games.
Now, I think that we have already dealt with this numerous times, but I would like to sum up my reply with this very not safe for work video that I found at PigDogFucker's place.
That's right: my response is, "go fuck yourselves, you bunch of authoritarian cunts. Go fuck yourselves and then use John Prescott's mouth as a cum-bucket. Make him swallow your sperm and then watch as he throws it up again. And then all of your can eat the foetid chimaera of cum and stomach acid. You utter bastards."
I imagine that it's language like that that these twats would like to regulate, eh?
Iain Dale points out that blogs already self-regulate.
In my view, self regulation works perfectly well. I someone makes a complaint to me about an abusive comment - or something I have writen which they believe is incorrect or offensive - I look it up and then decide whether to remove it, amend it or leave it as it is. If people don't agree with my decision they don't come back to my blog. It's a simple, free market, and it works.
How on earth would this body seek to regulate avowed swear blogs or attack blogs like Devil's Kitchen?
Well, I would imagine that they would attempt to impose fines or sanctions of some sort. And then try to close The Kitchen down. Let's be quite clear here: this is not about legality or offensiveness, not really.
Blogs are governed by the same libel laws that newspapers are: that is a form of regulation. As for the idea that "internet users will be protected from abusive bloggers" it's a great pile of shit: internet users get protected from abusive bloggers by not reading the fucking blog. You don't like abuse? Fine, fuck off.
And if you find this blog offensive... well... that's free speech for you. You do not have the right not to be offended, OK?
The truth is that without a statutory base, any regulatory body which is voluntary will be toothless from the start. I cannot conceive that I would sign up to a regulatory code and I doubt many other blogs would. Because in the end, we would all ask: what possible benefit to us could there possibly be?
There will be no benefit, of course. Essentially, we will be blackmailed into signing up to a voluntary code of conduct through threats of a statutory body. But, as we all know, that statutory body will be set up anyway.
Look at the booze companies, who were also "encouraged" to sign up to a "voluntary code" and on which subject I wrote some time ago.
Still at least it's a voluntary code, eh? Rather than this fascist government legislating on it. [Emphasis mine.]The measure was first proposed three years ago, but both sides have struggled to agree on a format.
It is not known how many drinks firms will sign up for the scheme, but ministers said if the industry did not comply, the government would introduce legislation.
Oh, what a fucking surprise! This government does love its legislation, doesn't it? Is it because they are a bunch of fucking authoritarian cunts with absolutely no sense of proportion and only their puritanical instincts to guide them in how to make everybody's lives that little bit more miserable. Fuck, I hate them.
And just last week, we saw this story.
Ministers have told the drinks industry to act more responsibly or face new laws governing alcohol sales.
Doctors said drinking levels were now a major health concern.
But public health minister for England Dawn Primarolo preferred to focus on the role of industry, saying the response to the voluntary code - parts of which were introduced in 1998 - was "disappointing".
"The evidence clearly makes this the right time to consult on a far tougher approach to the alcohol industry.
As sure as eggs is eggs, the voluntary code will cease to be voluntary and it will become statutory. And then we can start looking at that piece again...
Ministers have told blogs to act more responsibly or face new laws governing blogging.
Well, I'll still say "fuck you" even as The Kitchen is closed down. Make no mistake, this is about sparing the blushes of our government; not only that, it's about blogs doing the media's job and actually finding out facts and throwing them back in the government's face. It is about stifling dissent.
And who, I wonder will desert the ranks of the poachers in order to join the gamekeepers?
Gosh, that’s interesting, don’t you think? Looks at how they define the industry…..blogs are apparently one of the four components.
Anyone want to take the other side of a bet that one quarter of those being paid (for of course, expenses and a per diem will obviously be paid) will be bloggers?
No, I didn’t think so.
So they can bugger off then can’t they?
For this is self-regulation….which means that some of the selves being regulated need to be doing the regulation, no?
Quite. Fuck them, fuck them right in the fucking ear.