What should you be allowed to see?

Whether it is the endless repetition of images like this when it was current, or the endless streaming of footage from the Twin Towers, which many of us watched live as it unfolded, or the fascination with crashes of any description, death is death. As far as this world goes, death is final and the murder of 50 people by a coward is reprehensible by any measure. Quote.

According to CNN Business, ?Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video.?

?Deal with? is code for ?censor on demand by governments and activist organizations who oppose public access to information that hasn?t first been thoroughly vetted for conformity to their preferred narrative.?

Do you really need to see first-person video footage of an attacker murdering 49 [50] worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand? […] End quote.

Clearly, no, most of us don’t need to see such graphic details. Many of us chose not to watch the footage while it was online. Some things cannot be unseen. Quote.

But whether or not we watch it should be up to us, not those governments and activists. Social media companies should enable our choices, not suppress our choices at the censors? every whim.

If Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube had been primary news sources in 1915, would they have permitted us to view footage (rare, as film was in its early days) of New Zealanders? desperate fight at Gallipoli?

How about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

The assassination of president John F. Kennedy?

The second plane hitting the World Trade Center?

How many saw this ghastly image on TV?
How many watched 3000 people die live on TV?

Lucinda Creighton of the Counter Extremism Project complains to CNN that the big social media firms aren?t really ?cooperating and acting in the best interest of citizens to remove this content.?

The CEP claims that it ?counter[s] the narrative of extremists? and works to ?reveal the extremist threat.? How does demanding that something be kept hidden ?counter? or ?reveal? it? How is it in ?the best of interest of citizens? to only let those citizens see what Lucinda Creighton thinks they should be allowed to see?

CNN analyst Steve Moore warns that the video could ?inspire copycats.? ?Do you want to help terrorists? Because if you do, sharing this video is exactly how you do it.?

Moore has it backward. Terrorists don?t need video to ?inspire? them. Like mold, evil grows best in darkness and struggles in sunlight. If you want to help terrorists, hiding the ugliness of their actions from the public they hope to mobilize in support of those actions is exactly how you do it.

Contrary to their claims of supporting ?democracy? versus ?extremism,? the social media companies and the censors they ?struggle? to assist seem to side with terror and to lack any trust in the good judgment of ?the people.? End quote.

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Think of the children! We adults may be discerning enough to choose to watch or not, or adult enough to deal with what we see, but the children cannot.

However, it is perfectly okay for them to be at their consoles all day shooting people with a first-person view or watching movies full of blood and gore.

Harrowing videos from the Las Vegas shooting and others are still available online as is all manner of other depraved imagery.

Somewhere along the way there are double standards at play here.