New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Monday that monitoring New Yorkers’ social media accounts in an effort to limit hate speech.
Democrat NY Gov. Kathy Hochul says that her team is "collecting data" from "surveillance efforts" on social media to combat "hate speech" so people "feel safe".
She might as well tear up our constitution, it would be a faster way to get the point across that she’s violating it. pic.twitter.com/F5t6qvBC6z
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 14, 2023
Stating that she was “very focused” on the data collected through surveillance and comments being shared on social media platforms, Hochul plans to use the information to “catch incitement to violence [and] direct threats to others.”
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) November 1, 2023
Many have called into question what the definition of hate speech is. Conservatives have been accused of hate speech due to their opposition of LGBT policies, such as allowing biological men to enter into women’s bathrooms, or children receiving puberty blockers to transition.
Hochul has been overly vocal in regards to hate. She tweeted that hate of any kind would not be tolerated.
Let me be clear: There is zero tolerance for hate of any kind in New York. pic.twitter.com/ssGxBBkksX
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) October 13, 2023
Many X users were quick to call out the left-winger’s hypocrisy, with one user calling out her hatred for conservatives.
What about your hatred of Conservatives? Donald Trump? Self Defense Advocates? Hmmm?
— The Real Voice of New York 👍🏼👍🏼👌🏼🇺🇸 (@usafwr) October 13, 2023
Tell ‘em Governor the only hate that’s allowed it’s hate for Law enforcement right?
— Richie (@BXMMA) October 13, 2023
You told conservatives they aren’t welcome in NY.
— Clockwork Orange Roomba (@ctdonath) October 13, 2023
Hochul announced that she will increase the cost of funding for their efforts, with $50 million going to law enforcement and $25 million going to security grants, totaling up to $75 million.
The rising tide of hate & antisemitism poses a clear & present danger to the safety of all New Yorkers.
I’m deploying more @nyspolice to the Joint Terrorism Task Force to help keep New Yorkers safe, and will continue to do everything in my power to eradicate hate from our state. pic.twitter.com/Vs4xf2ZMTx
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) November 13, 2023
“As I said, no one walking down the street or in a subway can feel they have to hide any indications of what their religious beliefs are,” she said. “We expect to see people celebrating their lives, walking out freely, and that is no longer the case because people are living in fear. They have a right to do whatever they want here in the state of New York.”
No New Yorker should live in fear because of what they look like, how they worship, or who they love.
Join me live at 11:00am as I outline how New York will continue to stand strong against hate & make sure everyone can feel safe in their communities: https://t.co/G4JsSqUBvD
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) October 31, 2023
What is more concerning is how the Democratic governor turns a blind eye to the amount of crimes that occur in New York City alone, leaving the residents “living in fear.”
The city has seen a decrease in subway crime this year due to more law enforcement patrol. The crime may be down, but the amount of arrests have increased significantly, as well as the severity of the crimes.
For us to be safe we don’t need NY state government monitoring our speech. We need NY state government to revoke their stupid no bail laws and to aggressively police the state and city. Remove the mentally ill homeless from the streets before they push people in front of subway.
— Victor Castillo (@VictorC65203263) November 14, 2023
Since the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, violence against Jews has increased by 214%, according to the NYPD.
The governor believes that monitoring New Yorkers’ social media accounts will prevent some of the antisemitism attacks seen in the state.
Hochul’s surveillance is an attack on the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. If it is anything like the left’s other policies, it is likely that liberals will still have a free pass to spew hate at anyone who opposes their agenda.