censorship and content moderation is a difficult problem. i don’t think its solution involves a bunch of american corporations being in charge of and thought policing large chunks of our online communication.
leaving moderation to centralized entities clearly isn’t working, but decentralization also prevents effective censorship. so maybe these are not the tools we should be using.
it affects more than just criminal use, and our problems are growing beyond the political, affecting our collective mental health. social media is very hard to moderate without raising ethical questions, and impossible to moderate without introducing subjective bias.
we need to better understand how ideas—or weaponized memes—spread throughout the system, and come up with countermeasures to mitigate its amplifying and accelerating effects, regardless of message content.
it’s not even a new problem. we’ve failed to mitigate the dangers of mass media from the start.
another factor to consider is that people tend to form parasocial relationships with influential personalities the moment they click the follow button.