But when the world’s ‘safest’ internet is currently found in China, where access is heavily restricted and censored by the state, it becomes clear how terrifying the government’s safety agenda really could be.
Social media amplifies the volume and intensity of attacks on journalists, not least when platforms become vehicles for state-sponsored attacks. Large platforms have a responsibility to help curb harassment globally, but companies and governments who aim to get to grips with online hate speech can also overreach and undermine free speech.
[A]t the same time an admin is facing desysopping due to much more severe impoliteness and yet otherwise perfectly reasonable admins are rushing to “save” him. This lionising of the admin position and the discretionary power held over simple users combined with the double standard that’s running rampant — that’s what should be addressed in terms of making [Wikimedia] Commons a safe online space, not the gagging of random fangless foulmouths.