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TK News by Matt Taibbi 13143 implied HN points 07 Mar 24
  1. The Internet is transitioning from a space of free exchange to one of top-down control over information and narrative.
  2. Alternative ways of distributing dissenting ideas are becoming necessary due to digital suppression of politically undesirable content.
  3. It's crucial to raise awareness about the challenges to freedom of speech and find new ways to share truth in the face of increasing control over information.
Erin In The Morning 3950 implied HN points 08 Jan 24
  1. A new bill in Florida aims to treat accusations of transphobia as defamation with a $35K penalty.
  2. The bill restricts the ability to defend against defamation lawsuits by not allowing the use of scientific or religious beliefs.
  3. This bill has the potential to significantly restrict free speech in Florida, especially when it comes to reporting on discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals.
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Common Sense with Bari Weiss 5499 implied HN points 26 Jul 23
  1. The author was fired from their job at _The Seattle Times_ after a Twitter post comparing Lenin and Hitler, leading to accusations of defending Hitler.
  2. The author's work as a journalist focused on stories of structural oppression in Asia, including sexism and neo-Nazi trends, driven by personal family history.
  3. The situation highlights the challenges of engaging in divisive discussions online and the impact of social media controversies on personal and professional life.
Heterodox STEM 1579 implied HN points 13 Dec 23
  1. Harvard's president was accused of plagiarism but faced no consequences, leading to concerns about double standards.
  2. Students at Harvard face severe punishments for plagiarism, while the university seems to handle allegations against its president differently.
  3. The president's controversies have raised questions about the institution's values and reputation, affecting its students and donors.
COVID Reason 3321 implied HN points 08 Sep 23
  1. The Fifth District Court ruling in Missouri v. Biden prevents government parties from censoring American citizens.
  2. The court's modified injunction prohibits government entities from coercing or significantly encouraging content-moderation decisions on platforms.
  3. Individuals including White House officials and CDC employees are specifically named in the court order.
Rak höger med Ivar Arpi 707 implied HN points 01 Feb 24
  1. Universities are selective in addressing challenges to academic freedom, with instances of cancel culture being omitted in responses.
  2. There is a discrepancy between how universities present academic freedom and the actual management of challenges and controversies within academic institutions.
  3. Some universities tend to prioritize certain ideologies and political activism, creating tensions around issues like cancel culture and academic freedom.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle 235 implied HN points 14 Mar 24
  1. Police officers intervened with a 16-year-old girl for posting content deemed far-right on TikTok.
  2. Government figures in Germany are proposing actions against speech and thoughts deemed as potentially extreme.
  3. The incident sparked controversy and debate, with some defending the intervention as preventative.
Heterodox STEM 291 implied HN points 03 Mar 24
  1. Listening to the Congressional testimony on free speech exposed a lack of consistent application of concepts at universities.
  2. Public trust in higher education has significantly declined based on surveys due to real or perceived failures of universities.
  3. Universities facing public backlash have responded defensively rather than engaging in introspection, potentially leading to further erosion of trust.
Human Flourishing 3832 implied HN points 27 Mar 23
  1. The court ruled that the case challenging the federal Censorship-Industrial Complex will proceed to trial.
  2. The judge found evidence that government's censorship activities constituted state action in violation of the First Amendment.
  3. Plaintiffs successfully argued against the government's claims of sovereign immunity and lack of standing, moving the case forward.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle 275 implied HN points 01 Mar 24
  1. Germany embraces freedom of expression with its constitution protecting the right to criticize the government openly.
  2. The authorities in Germany respect the freedom to criticize the government, evident by cases of protest signs targeting political figures and police interventions.
  3. While there are limits, Germany promotes an open democratic discourse, allowing criticism of politicians without fear of severe consequences.
Symposium 432 implied HN points 18 Jan 24
  1. The debate about Substack and 'Substack Nazis' raises questions about freedom of speech and tolerance.
  2. Moderation on platforms like Substack should aim to keep out trolls and explicit Nazis while allowing for diverse discussions.
  3. A 'reasonable man' approach to content moderation could help platforms like Substack navigate difficult decisions.
American Dreaming 546 implied HN points 24 Nov 23
  1. Young Americans are expressing disillusionment and cynicism towards the US and the West.
  2. These attitudes are linked to a school of thought called postcolonialism, which can lead to left-wing fascism under the guise of social justice.
  3. The author urges young Americans to reevaluate their views and emphasizes the value of freedom of speech in America.
Michael Shellenberger 2066 implied HN points 13 Feb 23
  1. Children are being rushed into gender-transitioning treatments without proper investigation, raising concerns about sterilization and medical abuse.
  2. Wokeism is compared to a powerful and dogmatic religion, uniting various social issues under one umbrella.
  3. There is a call for a united anti-Woke movement, bringing together liberal, libertarian, and conservative individuals to defend freedom of speech and reject harmful ideologies.
Michael Shellenberger 1653 implied HN points 03 May 23
  1. Governments worldwide are passing or considering laws to censor citizens on social media platforms.
  2. These laws claim to prevent harm but have vague definitions that may lead to abuse.
  3. The rise of these censorship laws poses a threat to freedom of speech and can establish a powerful form of totalitarianism.
The Path Not Taken 462 implied HN points 31 Oct 23
  1. The Battle of Ideas festival had some limitations in representing a diverse range of viewpoints.
  2. There is a tension within the heterodox movement between promoting freedom of speech and the values of its supporters.
  3. The heterodox movement plays a crucial role in providing spaces for those marginalized by mainstream perspectives.
THE FREEDOM BLOG 196 implied HN points 13 Jan 24
  1. Politicians and journalists are advocating for silencing certain opinions in the name of protecting the public from 'hatred' and 'falsehood.'
  2. Attempting to create a more truthful and tolerant society by suppressing false and hateful speech leads to a reliance on brute power.
  3. When society is rife with disagreement, the suppression of falsehood and hatred can only be achieved through the use of force.
Austrian China 176 implied HN points 13 Jan 24
  1. China's speech censorship policy is strict, but not as totalitarian as some may think.
  2. Violating speech restrictions can lead to consequences like post deletion and account suspension.
  3. Despite censorship, information still circulates, and the policy has limitations in preventing public voice and information flow.
Wenhao’s news blog 117 implied HN points 07 Feb 24
  1. Chinese netizens used a U.S. Embassy Weibo post to freely vent frustration with the government.
  2. China's internet is heavily censored, but critical comments were briefly allowed on the embassy's post.
  3. The surge in political dissent caught Weibo moderators off guard, leading to a temporary space for freedom of speech.
THE FREEDOM BLOG 98 implied HN points 10 Feb 24
  1. Free speech is a core value of Western democracy and crucial for safeguarding other liberties.
  2. Speech is essential for participating in societal and political life, fostering friendship, rational inquiry, and statesmanship.
  3. Defending and promoting relatively free speech is crucial for upholding values like friendship, the pursuit of truth, artistic expression, and serving the common good.
Humanities in Revolt 419 implied HN points 14 Jul 23
  1. Silencing ideas we disagree with can hinder our ability to discover the truth, as engaging in dialogue helps determine what is true and false.
  2. Allowing for the expression of opposing views helps prevent our beliefs from becoming stagnant and unchallengeable dead dogmas.
  3. Freedom of expression is vital in promoting democratic discourse, facilitating conflict resolution, and avoiding the suppression of marginalized voices and progressive ideas.
Random Minds by Katherine Brodsky 238 implied HN points 11 Jul 23
  1. The author has written a book that sheds light on silencing, shaming, and bullying for different views.
  2. The book includes stories of public harassment, interviews with well-known figures, and lessons on using one's voice freely.
  3. The author encourages principled individuals to resist authoritarianism and to find and free their own voices.
Wenhao’s news blog 78 implied HN points 18 Oct 23
  1. China is rumored to introduce an internet regulation requiring influencers to display their real names, causing concern among pro-government figures.
  2. The potential new rule may impact influencers who create content on politics, finance, or entertainment.
  3. There are worries that the real name display requirement could lead to cyberbullying, harassment, and potential safety threats for influencers and their families.
Irregular Thoughts 78 implied HN points 17 Mar 23
  1. Freedom of speech is important, but some jobs require individuals to limit their speech on certain topics.
  2. Public service broadcasters like the BBC have a duty to inform, educate, and maintain impartiality in their coverage.
  3. It's crucial for public figures with a large following to be mindful of the language they use, especially when discussing sensitive topics.