Reddit has banned several subreddits. After quarantining places like The_Donald, Reddit finally decided to take it one step further, and outright banning them. Gender Critical has also been banned.
On YouTube, several prominent Far-Right activists have been banned too, these include Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer.
Fake Edit: Upon searching for links. It seems Chapo Trap House has been banned as well (the left wing version of The_Donald)
This brings us to the topic of free speech. It is actually an extremely difficult topic to discuss and get right, since you have to take MANY things into account. I will put them up in 3 bullet points.
- First of all, we have the freedoms of individuals who want to host and provide for these services for people.
- Second is the freedoms of the individual to speak out without fear of getting moderated.
- Third we have to factor into disruptions and coercion. GamerGate, being the cult that it was, was actively inhibiting the free speech of its enemies. Whether it was through threats or other undermining actions.
As far as I am aware of, The Donald, while being insanely toxic and stupid. Was not particularly obstructive. They were already quarantined, I don't think the ban was necessary.
But this isnt really the destruction of free speech, they don't have legal action taken against them, and there are platforms that uphold the principle of free speech like Parler. They are also free to create their own, and considering how many subreddits were banned, there will be an alternative create if there isnt one out there already.
Just whatever they do, I just hope they wont do anything insanely stupid again, like trying to take away 230 protections, killing free speech for EVERYONE. The best solution might be to try to treat social media like a public utility, but even there are complications in that.
The process of the freest speech is not as simple as a lot of people make it out to be.