European Commission holds Social Networks Responsible for ACTA fiasco

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The failure to approve ACTA in the European Parliament has ired the European Commission, with the latter putting all the blame on the mass level protest on social networks.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) Deviation

Marh19, 2012: The deviation of Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) from its original script has led the European Commission (EC) to put all the blame on the massive protest over social networks.

At least this is what can be inferred by the statements made by the members of  commission, including the president himself.

Karel De Gucht, the European Commissioner that owns the direct responsibility for ACTA, blames social network for the aggravating hostility towards the treaty.

  • He urged that the high intensity media campaign all across the Europe, backed strongly by the social networking sites has compelled many Governments and Union Heads of State in the continent to delay the ratification of ACTA in their respective parliaments.
  • The commissioner also maintained that owing to this hostile movement, it is now much more difficult to convince a majority of nations within the European Parliament to sign in the favor of ACTA.
  • His comments came in spite of the statement made by the EC’s President José Manuel Barroso where he spoke about how some people over reacted, initiated public debates and hosted campaigns against ACTA that ultimately led the treaty to loose strength in Europe.
  • He straightforwardly blamed the people for the debacle who considered the bill as an unwarranted restriction on freedom of expression and democracy on the Internet.
  • He believed that it (ACTA) would not distort the reasonable balance between intellectual property rights and other fundamental rights as was projected through the massive agitations.
  • As an alternative to this fiasco, the President suggested that Court of Justice of the European Union should be asked to clarify the Commission’s view on ACTA that it was duly compatible and adhered consistently to the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.
  • He further advised that an appropriate time when the entire issue be referred to the court should also be decided along with the possibility of both the Council and the consulting parliament to reach consensus on this matter.



Social Media Monitoring

As can be clearly observed, the statements that held social networks to be sponsoring organised campaigns against the treaty clearly depicts the defeat of the concerned members to let this undesirable law see the light of day.

The citizens worldwide have become more attentive towards the sensitive issues nowadays that relate to them directly as they used to be in the older times. They would support a campaign being initiated by the social media only if they really think that it could make a difference for their betterment.

Social media might just acts as a mode to convey a message to the people, whether or not to follow it lies solely on the latter.

In the issue concerning ACTA, it clearly depicted the selfishness of the politicians and big corporate houses who aimed at a total control over the worldwideweb. It had hardly anything in the interest of the electorate. Hence, the aftereffect was quite obvious.

However, if there is still some possibility for ACTA to be approved by majority of nations, care needs to be taken so as to amend it with respect to the benefits of both the common citizens as well the government of the respective nations.

Though, if despite of modifications it keeps on serving the interests of the big bosses, not surprisingly, yet another so called ‘hostile campaign’ would await them.


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