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Hate Speech enters Oracle forums

When balancing the First Amendment rights to free speech on the web, some folks say that "anything goes" even racism, bigotry and "hate speech", nasty words which are tolerated in the USA, but are highly illegal in many countries.

The Oracle Usenet newsgroups have a long history of offensive, profane and vile postings, and most companies ban their use at work.  Sadly, it's getting more offensive than ever before and we are now seeing racist remarks being directed towards entire groups of Oracle professionals:

Could you please explain why many Asians like you are not too lazy to

- take over our jobs
- spam this group like hell with job postings

but are too lazy to do the work they robbed from us, and continue to parasite on this forum?

If you want us to do your work for free, please get lost. . .

And, yes, they are usually Asian, and, yes, they are usually 100 percent incompetent.

If there are any competent Asians, I failed to meet them.

It's not clear if the person who published this offensive will be arrested or jailed since it requires a concerted effort to track-down web bigots.

In corporations worldwide, employees are bound by an “acceptable use policy” that prohibits the viewing of pornographic or racist material while at-work.  In the link below we see racist remarks on Oracle’s OTN web site. 

Warning to employees:  If your employers acceptable use policy (AUP) prohibits you from visiting web sites with racist content while at-work, NO NOT click this link

The OTN terms of service notes that promoting racism is a violation, yet the offending bigots continue to publish on OTN:

You agree not to  . . . post,  . . .  any Content that: (a) is false or misleading; (b) is defamatory; (c) is harassing or invades another's privacy, or promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual;  . . .  or (g) violates any applicable laws or regulations.

Complaints were made against several OTN users for promoting bigotry and racism.  The complaint was addressed by Oracle’s Justin Kestlyn, Editor-in-Chief of Oracle Technology Network:

“Yes - please report them here. This is not necessarily a violation of Terms of Use however - just boorish behavior.”

Hate speech is a serious crime in many countries

While the First Amendment generally protects racist hate speech, some countries are less tolerant of bigots.  The country of India has blocked the Oracle usenet newsgroups because they allows hate speech.

In countries like Germany, publishing hate speech is punishable by a stiff prison term:

"A German historian who claimed that Auschwitz prisoners enjoyed cinemas, a swimming pool and brothels was sentenced to 10 months in jail.

In Germany and Austria, it's a crime to deny the Holocaust, even if you are living in America.  Germany does not agree with what Voltaire said "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it".

Laurent Schneider notes the French Law Loi Gayssot which makes it an offense to question the Holocaust: 

"[It is an offense to] question the existence of the category of crimes against humanity as defined in the London Charter of 1945, on the basis of which Nazi leaders were convicted by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg"

The long arm of the law reaches out across borders

Germany has exercised their right to extradite anyone who published a web site that can be seen in Germany, regardless of where the author is residing, and Mr. Zündel was extradited from Tennessee and imprisoned in Germany.

There are many other countries across the glob who do not tolerate racism and bigotry.  The Indian government has blocked Google Blogs because some sites publish libel, defamation and pornography:

“Sites can be blocked if they contain "pornography, speeches of hate, contempt, slander or defamation, or if they promote gambling, racism, violence or terrorism".

"Such sites may be blocked within the provisions of the Fundamental Right to free speech and expression, granted in India's Constitution," said cyber-law expert Praveen Dalal.”

Stopping hate speech in Oracle publications

Many Oracle professionals are clamping-down on racists.  Steve Feuerstein, one of the bestselling Oracle authors in the world announced that he does not like "acerbic" anonymous comments, and no longer accepts anonymous comments on his Oracle blog:

"I have decided to change my blog settings so that you must be a registered user at Blogger in order to post a comment. . .

I realized that I very much don't like having people post fairly acerbic comments without having to have some kind of identification as to who they are.

So, goodbye Anonymous, hello minimally-accountable Commentators!"

Feuerstein goes-on to elegantly explain what types of people bother him and what types of non-anonymous comments he will allow to be published on his blog:

“The world is full of brutal, hate-filled, and/or greedy people. They make the world a much uglier, harsher place. I can't stop them from existing, but I can keep them off my blog. haters on my blog. I will not accept comments from people with hateful tags. I will not publish comments that contain vile, spiteful, malicious comments.

So Hater of Liberals can now change his/her tag and then perhaps his/her comments will make it onto my blog. Maybe not.”

Dr. Tim Hall also notes problems with anonymous people publishing unacceptable content on his blog:

“I've just deleted a couple of anonymous comments and prevented anonymous posting. I'm not totally happy about it because it seems like censorship, but I'm not going to sit in the middle and let people use my sites as a forum to slag off others.”

Bestselling Oracle author Robert Freeman has similar problems with anonymous comments.  A responsible publisher, Freeman notes the potential that his publication might be used to hurt people:

"Pending a review with my lawyer on current libel law, I have removed the ability to post comments at all from this Blog. . . . It's a shame that I have to do this, but the risk seems to great to do otherwise. In fact, pending the review, I may just shelve this blog all together."

Robert Freeman also notes that "evil people" had published unkind comments that he removed:

"There are evil people in the world. I firmly believe this, and it's evidenced every day. You will notice on my blog that one of these evil people has appeared. How can we tell this person is evil?

1. The posts were anonymous.
2. The posts were unkind and out of context.
3. The posts were presumptuous, at best.



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