A violent war is beginning to erupt over censorship and freedom. None of us would have thought that it would be a woman, Nasim Aghdam – normally the gender most predisposed to crackdown on free speech as well as being the least risk-taking – who would sacrifice her own life to seek revenge on youtube over its censorship policies. The battle for free speech is of course one of the most key rights and one that is hugely under threat after Google’s recent crackdown on free speech.
I put the blame for the incident entirely at Google’s hands. Or more specifically, as I prefer to blame a person rather than some amorphous entity, I put the blame at the hands of Google CEO Sundar Pichai who has so far refused to take responsiblity for the incident instead seeming to allude that it was the shooter’s fault. How can it be her fault when it is Sundar Pichai who has just removed thousands of years of our hard won freedoms at the touch of a button? Now, as a consequence of his actions, hundreds of thousands, potentially millions, will go to prison at the hands of a tyrannical police state with no prospect of the truth ever being revealed all because it will be HIS platform that will be censoring it.
Sundar Pichai has blood on his hands. Most importantly, he has on his hands the blood of the millions who will be railroaded into prison at the hands of our tyrannical police state, but he also has on his hands the blood of those shot by Nasim Aghdam as well as Nasim Aghdam herself. With her speech taken away, she did the only thing that was still possible. This is why those who seek to ban free speech will ultimately find out the hard way why we have it – if we don’t the consequence, once the population is impoverished and desperate enough, is a bloody revolution.