Will Oremus @WillOremus oh-REE-mus. Senior writer for OneZero at @medium: onezero.medium.com/ Previously: @slate. I write about how tech shapes us. DM for Signal. Jun. 05, 2019 1 min read

When it comes to policing online speech, the big tech platforms like to talk about rules and consistency. The truth is that they have exactly one rule that they follow with absolute consistency:

If a stance becomes too controversial, change it.

Here's @YouTube taking *days* of deliberation to arrive at a (deeply misguided) public stance on a bigoted YouTuber's homophobic attacks on @gaywonk:

And here's @YouTube just 20 hours later, reversing itself in the face of outrage that should have been fully predictable:

This thread got severed somehow, but for those interested, the rest of it is in the thread linked here:


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