The Broken Soapbox


Social media now has a near monopoly on public discourse, and the age of censorship has arrived. Ideas and messages that once were tolerable are now forbidden. Users have spent a decade or more building their audience with a consistent message - and thus filling the platform-owner's pockets - and now find themselves banned when their message hasn't changed.

Regulation must happen, but it should be simple and clear. We already have laws against harassment and calls for violence, and they can be applied to social media without empowering political censorship. All communication platforms open to the general public must mimic the public sphere in every regard, with the platforms treated as the air through which the sound of the human voice travels.

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