Amidst the entire controversy surrounding the possibility of mandatory internet filtering in Australia, we have all come to know the two main advocates of the policy – Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).
I have previously commented on their ability to censor the debate to suit their own needs, and it looks like they are at it again – with yet another example of choosing to not approve comments that deliver a point of view that might be devastating to the points they have raised in their article.
Of course, they have every right to express their view, but when they start dismissing “facts” themselves, by not even allowing them to be presented in the comments against the article, I smell burning hypocrisy.
I speak of a comment I submitted in relation to the continual pushing of the “one seventieth of a blink of an eye” argument – where filter supporters claim that any such filter would only slow down the internet by that tiny sliver of time. Here is a screen shot of the comment as I posted it, at around 3:30pm on Sunday, September 19th, 2010: