The Broken Soapbox

Social media entered our world with a promising offer: you can communicate here – with virtually everyone on Earth.  For years, a wide range of views were tolerated, and every popular voice enriched the creators of the platforms by drawing millions of eyes and ears.  These platforms fast eclipsed other means of communication specifically because they offered such an open and effective means of reaching out to others. But now social media have 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-owners' pockets – and now find themselves banned when their message hasn't changed.  In no other arena of commerce would owners be considered justified in arbitrarily changing the rules to exclude certain customers,...(Read Full Article)
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