"content moderators" => "censors"
"hate speech" => "speech that I don't like" or "speech that hurts my feelings" or "speech that upsets me"
"terrorist propaganda" => "freedom fighting news" or "legitimate revolutionary communication"
"adult nudity" => "breastfeeding pictures"
"sexual activity" => "won't someone think of the children?!"
"graphic violence" => …
I don't envy Facebook. They have placed themselves in an unenviable position. Sometimes we're able to foresee certain technological developments and their social implications because scenarios get played out in fiction. I think the ills of social media blind-sided humanity. Things might have been better if Facebook had more of a libertarian backbone, like the Elders of the internet. Facebook made too many bad decisions for them to all be coincidences, their decisions spoke volumes about how they see the world. But Facebook are not alone.
The recent political purges coordinated across the tech industry are shameful.
I look back on the days when all it seems we had to worry about was open-source (ok, ok, free software, don't yell at me!) versus proprietary software with distinct nostalgia. Linux versus Microsoft, the evil SCO Group, that kind of thing. Ah, happy innocent times.
VISA, Mastercard, Paypal blocking Wikileaks. Such brave patriotic companies. Complicit now in the murder of innocent civilians no less. YouTube, Facebook, Apple, Instagram, Twitter taking it upon themselves to police the internet of "extreme" political views. How nice of them. Why does any nation need laws and law enforcement when corporations from the United States will wade into the murky waters of the internet and web and clean it of sewage for us.