Austria does Anschluss 2.0:
Remember when I got in trouble for saying that? Remember when all the bright boys on Twitter told me I was trivializing the Holocaust?
Can you hear me now?
French citizens without booster shot will be locked out of parts of society
French residents over the age of 65 will have their vaccine passports deactivated if they do not take the booster shot when they are eligible. The vaccine passport is required to access most entertainment and leisure venues.
The French government recently announced that booster shots are available. All people over 65 are eligible for the booster shots if it has been six months since their second dose of the vaccine.
Related: How vaccine passports are crushing freedom, privacy, and civil liberties
The government said seniors above the age of 65 who do not get their booster shot when they become eligible will have their vaccine passport deactivated and so they will be locked out of much of society.
If it has been six months since the second dose of the vaccine, the government will allow those eligible five weeks to get the booster shot. The government will begin enforcing the new rule on December 15.
Other groups who are eligible for the booster shots include those with underlying conditions and health workers. However, their passes will continue to work even if they do not get the booster shot.
The booster shots will become available to those over the age of 50 in early December.
In France, the vaccine passport is required when entering venues such as bars, restaurants, other entertainments and leisure venues, and long-distance train travel. Aside from being fully vaccinated, one can get the pass if they have recently recovered from Covid or for having a negative test in the past 72 hours.
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PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VOTE AGAINST PASSPORTS
Latvian lawmakers who can’t show a vaccine passport will be banned from votes
Starting Monday, November 15, lawmakers who can’t produce a vaccine passport in Latvia will not be allowed to attend in-person and remote meetings. Additionally, they will not be paid.
Saeima, the parliament of the Republic of Latvia, approved the law in a 62-7 vote. Starting Monday, when the nation-wide lockdown ends, members of the Saeima and the members of local governments have to show a vaccine passport to attend sessions.
However, they can still attend parliament sessions if they show proof of recovery from a recent COVID-19 infection or a medical exemption combined with a negative test.
The law will be enforced from Monday until July 1 next year, according to the Baltic News Service.
According to Latvian Television, of the 100 members of the Saeima, 91 have been double vaccinated. 696 of the 758 members of local governments can show a vaccine passport.
A few weeks ago, the Saeima also allowed employers to fire employees who are required to be vaccinated but have not shown a vaccine passport.
YouTube censors Senator Ron Johnson
YouTube has temporarily suspended Sen. Ron Johnson again over COVID-19 “misinformation.” This time, he was suspended over remarks about COVID deaths and vaccine injuries.
“The updated figures today are 17,619,” Johnson said. “That is 225 times the number of deaths in just a 10-month period versus an annual figure for the flu vaccine. These vaccine injuries are real.”
Critics of the Biden administration guidelines surrounding the pandemic, like Sen. Johnson, often claim the government exaggerates the number of deaths and also claim that the government suppresses the deaths caused by the vaccines.
In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said: “We craft our policies to reduce the risk of real-world harm, updating them as official guidance evolves, and we consider the context of a video to make exceptions that balance open discussion of people’s experiences with preventing the spread of harmful misinformation.”
YouTube added that a shorter version of the video that does not contain the controversial remarks is still available.
Following the ban, Sen. Johnson released a statement accusing Big Tech of censoring the truth:
“Once again Big Tech is censoring the truth. Why won’t they let the vaccine injured tell their stories and medical experts give a second opinion? Why can’t we discuss the harmful effects of mandates? Apparently, the Biden administration and federal health agencies must not be questioned. How many more lives will be needlessly destroyed?”
The conservative senator has previously been suspended from YouTube for claiming hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment for COVID-19. In response to the ban at the time, he said:
“YouTube’s ongoing COVID censorship proves they have accumulated too much unaccountable power.”
RULED BY ALGORITHM
Twitter decides Welsh language is offensive, censors academic
Twitter suspended a Welsh academic for posting a tweet about Welsh grammar in the Welsh language. The platform claimed that the tweet violated its rules against “hateful conduct.” It really didn’t.
On November 13, Dr. Sara Louise Wheeler, a guest researcher at Wrexham Glyndwr University, posted a harmless tweet about Welsh grammar in the Welsh language.
“I want Welsh that doesn’t need to be corrected,” she tweeted in Welsh. “I’ve tried reading loads of Welsh grammar books over the last twenty years – but I just don’t learn that way.
“But as I said tonight I can remember the songs in performances. Aran Jones is going to try and harness this.”
Shortly after posting, Twitter deleted the tweet and suspended her. In the suspension notice, Twitter said her tweet violated its rules against hateful conduct, adding: “You may not promote violence against, threaten or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease.”
Wheeler announced the Twitter suspension on Instagram.
“Suspended in Twitter for tweeting in Welsh about my struggles to learn Welsh grammar,” she wrote.
“Careful my friends, better not talk about Welsh grammar in Welsh on Twitter it’s hateful conduct apparently.”
Canadian court rejects human rights violation accusation against Facebook
The British of Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has declined a complaint filed by a Facebook user claiming the platform discriminated against him on the basis of his sexual orientation. The provincial tribunal said that the case fell under the federal jurisdiction.
Ryan Elson filed a complaint with the tribunal in 2019 claiming that Facebook discriminated against him on the basis of sexual orientation.” Elson updated the complaint this year, claiming that Facebook retaliated against him for announcing his intention to file a human rights complaint.
“The basis of the complaint is Facebook’s alleged temporary restriction of Mr. Elson’s use of Facebook’s service for one week in September 2019,” BC Human Rights Tribunal member Paul Singh wrote in the decision to reject the case.
“Mr. Elson further alleges that Facebook retaliated against him by allegedly censoring a post in which he allegedly stated he intended to file a human rights complaint.”
Elson’s complaint states that he identifies as “a biological male who prefers biological males.” He argues that he is “entitled to express [his] opinion” that the “trans ideology is destructive to [his] freedom to have a sexual orientation.”
Initially, the Tribunal rejected some of the allegations, saying he could only complain about the “allegation of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
In August, Facebook filed for Elson’s complaint to be dismissed because it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial tribunal.
Singh explained that telecommunications fall under “federal undertaking.” In the decision, he said that Elson filed his complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC), which also denied jurisdiction. However, the provincial tribunal noted that Elson did not submit a copy of the complaint filed with the CHRC.
“Instead, he has filed a brief email from an unidentified person in the CHRC ‘complaints services’ department in which the department says it declined to accept his complaint on jurisdictional grounds because Facebook ‘is not a telecommunications company or internet service provider – it is just a website,'” Singh’s decision says.
Singh argued that “case law is clear that federal jurisdiction is not limited to telecommunications companies and internet service providers.” He added that the BCHRT “has found that federal jurisdiction extends to a variety of communications and business activities that take place over the internet.”
Ultimately, Elson’s case was dismissed over jurisdiction issues. Both the federal and provincial tribunals did not address the reason the complaint was filed, which was the potential discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
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