Wednesday, December 28, 2016


You would think that if Muslims had been involved in the attack on Christmas Day then the surviving victims would have decribed them to the Valais police who would thrn put out an alert for the attackers with descriptions, or that had the victims been attacked by Muslims and told the police but the police were ignoring the claims then the victims would be relaying the ignorance of the police and stating their information somehow, perhaps by social media.

I call again on to reveal to the whole world, but in particular to the Valais police, the sources of social media which Dreuz stated in their original article of 25th December 2016 that the attackers were Muslim.

On the very evening of the knife attack which took place on Sunday on a Way of the Cross in Bramois (VS), the Valais police informed that the aggression had a priori no religious character.

A few hours later, however, Twitter was relaying messages evoking "an anti-Christian attack", "faithful stabbed by Muslims" and even the development of "jihad" in Switzerland.

With thousands of retweets, this bogus information has found itself in foreign media. Surprising? Not for the experts. According to studies, false news would be more shared than true. "Internet users are caught up in the game of immediacy," says sociologist Olivier Glassey. Extraordinary or pre-existing fears circulate even faster than others. "With sometimes irreversible consequences. "Fixes or denials are generally less successful than the initial announcement. Some of the Internet users exposed to this one remains with this reality, warns Olivier Glassey. The poison thus becomes a truth for some. "

So what to do? Prohibiting the dissemination of erroneous content? This is the direction towards which certain platforms are oriented. Facebook will set up an information verification system and announced that advertisements from sites that disseminate false or misleading information would now be banned.

For Nicolas Capt, lawyer in Geneva, this filtering is very worrying. "Our society is seriously ill if it is an algorithm that has to sort out the tares of the chaff." And even if it is a human and not a robot that sticks to it, banning false information would be a Very bad idea. "The principle of freedom of expression prevails," says Nicolas Capt. To want to regulate the publication of information according to their alleged veracity is to seriously mislead the target. Who is the judge of truth? "The solution would be to seek education. "You have to teach people to be wary, cross sources and do minimal research," says the lawyer.

Awareness is essential

For the national adviser Jean Christophe Schwaab (PS / VD), awareness is essential but not enough. "People who transmit false information, which could endanger the reputation of others or cause panic, should be continued. Just like the platforms on which this content is broadcast. "

In this context it would be desirable for Facebook and the other Internet giants to set up subsidiaries in Switzerland so that the authorities have direct interlocutors who could be sued if necessary. Jean Christophe Schwaab and his party chairman, Christian Levrat, have just tabled a motion to this effect. (The morning)
(Established: 28.12.2016, 15:25)

[source : (Google translation of) Twitter, la fabrique à intox, Le Matin,, 28th December 2016]

And just to confirm: so far there has been only one CONFIRMED attack by a Muslim on a Christian anywhere in Europe over Christmas, and the Muslim attacker was well known to the German intelligence and police, hung around an etwork with several informers/double agents, and he attacked just a few days before the German government was to vote on an intrusive surveillance bill (which unsurprisingly they passed).

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