‘s Casey Newton pulls together several threads
that I’ve highlighted in EiM over the last few weeks to suggest that censorship of minority groups
— see Gaza and India — has become the new crisis for social networks. There’s a little irony in journalists like him calling for fewer takedowns, he notes, but:
I still see a mostly coherent story: one of platforms that helped enable the rise of authoritarians, only to see those authoritarians use their newfound power to crack down on dissent.
Along the same lines, Harvard law lecturer evelyn douek warns in a new piece
that “more content moderation isn’t always better moderation, and there are trade-offs at every step”. Covid-19 labels, Holocaust denier de-platforming, media outlets being downranked and imminent regulation across the globe means “the internet is sitting at a crossroads, and it’s worth being thoughtful about the path we choose for it.” It certainly feels notable to me.