I recently spoke with Ross LaJeunesse, Google’s global head of free expression and international relations, about what the company is doing to address hate speech, free speech and religious freedom online.
Pew’s latest report in January showed that 5.3 billion people—76 percent of the world’s population—live under harsh religious restrictions. Grim is now working to convince businesses and governments that they can help bring that number down while bringing revenue up.
Here I dive into Missionary Chat, the LDS Church's online platform for proselytizing. Read to find out what happens when someone logs on from a country where the church is barred operating. +Religion News Service
The world in general has already discussed and rejected such poison. You mean well with the article but have missed the larger international context for the UK ban is on importing and thereby sponsoring hate from abroad and does not prohibit public debate on any subject in our public squares. The law is good when it is used lawfully and while I acknowledge that laws may and have been abused throughout history it is my opinion that the elected government has the right to grant or reject any visa as they see fit in much the same way you preemptively decide who enters into your own home and it is the publics role to voice their approval or disapproval of the government at the polls.
USCIRF Vice Chair Katrina Lantos Swett describes religious freedom as a canary in the coal mine, one governments and societies ignore at their own peril. Unlike domestic issues around religious freedom, which she calls “tricky and sticky,” Lantos Swett thinks international religious freedom concerns can be unifying. What do you think?