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Big Revolution
Welcome to Monday’s Big Revolution. Stay tuned for a busy week of tech news. If you’re in the market for a new iPad or non-Pro Mac, tomorrow is your day. Here’s what I’ve got for you today…
Martin

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You can speak, but that doesn't mean anyone has to listen. Credit: Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash
Freedom of speech vs freedom of listening
How much free speech is too much free speech?
Fans of Gab, the social network that proudly lets its users say anything, will say there should be no limit – that they should be able to speak their minds without inhibition. But Gab itself found the limits of free speech this weekend when it was wiped off the face of the internet.
As mentioned in the section above, GoDaddy, PayPal, Stripe, Joyent and others pulled service from Gab after it emerged that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect had a history of posting anti-semitic messages on the service.
This will be no surprise to anyone who has followed the rise of Gab as an alternative to Twitter. As Twitter started getting more serious about kicking white supremacists and others with far-right ideologies off its platform, those people fled to a service that stood up for their right to spout hateful bile.
Gab – now facing downtime of perhaps weeks as it sorts out new hosting and payment processing arrangements, says it is “under attack” after being “smeared by mainstream media.” It claims it has been working with law enforcement regarding the Pittsburgh shooting, but even if that’s true, there’s no denying Gab has long reveled in its role as a home for the kinds of speech most people simply don’t want to hear.
GoDaddy and the others were simply invoking their own freedom – freedom to take whatever political position they felt was right, and to do business with whoever they see fit.
People of with extreme political views often talk about ’the marketplace of ideas,’ whereby all viewpoints should get a hearing so people can figure out what’s best. But if you’ve already been kicked out of the main places people share ideas online, and now no-one wants to do business with you, I’d say the market value of your ideas is probably zero.
One big read
Brazil’s Election Is The End Of The Far-Right, Populist Wave. Now We Live With The Results. Brazil’s Election Is The End Of The Far-Right, Populist Wave. Now We Live With The Results.
Tying in with the discussion above, and the news that Brazil has elected a far-right president, here’s a look at how the growth of extreme political views around the world have been powered by a handful of American companies, seemingly unable to put a lid on what they’ve created.
One big tweet
Reece Shearsmith
Are me and Steve Pemberton on BBC two now?
10:20 PM - 28 Oct 2018
Actor Reece Shearsmith tweets from the set of a live edition of ‘Inside Number 9’ last night (the tweet was part of the plot). Inside Number 9 is one of the most consistently inventive and brilliant series on TV, and this Halloween special was very strange, completely meta, and the kind of television that doesn’t get made enough anymore. Watch it on the BBC iPlayer in the UK, or wherever you can find it if you’re elsewhere..
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