After the recent riots over a woman and three children who were stabbed outside of a primary school in Dublin, Ireland has pushed for a new anti-hate speech law to include social media, which has received a lot of backlash.
Elon Musk, who was recently accused of making antisemitic comments, was one of the first people to publicly speak out against the new law.
As usual, Musk shared his opinions on X, pointing out that under the new law, citizens could be jailed for having a meme on their phone that could be deemed offensive.
Language being proposed as law in Ireland means this could literally happen to you for having a meme on your phone https://t.co/qz9sKyjw62
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 27, 2023
The law was proposed by Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who stated Friday that he would “modernize laws against hatred” after dozens of people were arrested during riots Thursday night in Dublin.
“I think it’s now very obvious to anyone who might have doubted us that our incitement hatred legislation is just not up to date,” he said. “It’s not up to date for the social media age, and we need that legislation through and we need it through in a matter of weeks. Because it’s not just the platforms who have a responsibility here, and they do. There’s also the individuals who post messages and images online that stir up hatred and violence, and we need to be able to use laws to go after them individually as well.”
Changes to the law were proposed after two adults and three children were stabbed by an Algerian immigrant around 1 p.m. Thursday outside Gaelscoil Coláiste Mhuire, a primary school in Dublin.
The attack caused riots from hundreds of protestors angered by the increase in asylum seekers and migrants accommodated by the Irish government, while the country is in the middle of a housing shortage and cost of living crisis.
Irish political elites come up with the worst possible response to the Dublin riots. Instead of listening to the people, maybe curbing immigration, they’re going to criminalize any and all speech they don’t like. https://t.co/d96wmHyVx5
— John Daniel Davidson (@johnddavidson) November 27, 2023
Musk was not the only celebrity who had something to say.
UFC champion Conor McGregor spoke out against Ireland’s migration issues on X after the revelation that the suspect in the stabbings was an Algerian immigrant. The suspect was on a deportation list in 2008 but instead was able to gain an Irish passport.
Isn’t that something. The absolute picture of weak and feeble. The most divisive of all is the weak man. One of the most horrific crimes this nation ever seen has occurred, we do not care anymore what you sad cases have got to say. In a war you are nothing. We are not backing… https://t.co/v7Zi1Rt50O
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 24, 2023
His posts are currently under investigation by the Irish government “as part of an inquiry into the dissemination of online hate speech.”