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UN Chief Calls for Social Media To Censor 'Racist, Misogynist,' Ageist, and 'Harmful&#39


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres shared his thoughts on social media censorship and free speech on Friday, suggesting that all content he doesn't like should be unilaterally removed as part of "an all-out effort to end hate speech globally."

In a bizarre tirade that tackled subjects such as memes that poke fun at the elderly, "ethno-nationalism," and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories," Guterres argued that the COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a "tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering."

Guterres listed several negative side effects of the virus and ensuing lockdown, such as "disproportionate effects on certain communities, the rise of hate speech, the targeting of vulnerable groups."

The secretary general made the claim that foreign migrants "have been vilified as a source of the virus, and then denied access to medical treatment," adding, "anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread, and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred."