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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) threw off some serious Hunger Games vibes Monday, announcing that the state of New York has been “collecting data” from social media platforms in order to combat “hate speech” following an alleged rise in antisemitic attacks.

The announcement came after Hochul met with the state’s Jewish leaders, local law enforcement and federal authorities.

“We’re very focused on the data we’re collecting from surveillance efforts — what’s being said on social media platforms. And we have launched an effort to be able to counter some of the negativity and reach out to people when we see hate speech being spoken about on online platforms,” she said, adding that New Yorkers “should not feel they have to hide any indications of what their religious beliefs are.”

Some definitions of ‘hate speech’ and ‘incitement to violence,’ plus a list of who’s judging speech to be hateful, would be nice.

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