YAKKIN ON THE AWL: William Shatner, Reddit, and the Complications of “Free Speech” on the Internet
February 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Today the Awl published me-n-Kate’s third internet yak (IT MEANS: DIALOGUE). This time we considered the raaather boss comments William Shatner made regarding Reddit –aka “The Front Page of the Internet,” for rape jokes– and their libertarian-themed moderation policies (or lack thereof). My position is that Reddit’s moderation policies (or lack thereof) are broken, and that their obsession with “free speech” (scare quotes in flashing neon) is to blame. It’s a good time. (also please note that I am NOT engaging with REAL i.e. constitutional speech issues here, but rather the stupid shit users post to a privately-owned platform that is perfectly capable of cleaning out the damn trash once in a while but chooses not to).