Pablinux, David Naranjo and I don't know each other. We have different ages, we live in different countries and, Except for using Linux, we probably don't have much in common.
Without agreeing, the three of us decided to write about topics related to the social media decision to ban Donald Trump and some of his supporters.David chose to explain the events without adding comment. Pablinux made a reluctant recommendation for a tool to bypass censorship, and I came out with the cap on the increasing politicization of the Mozilla Foundation.
Except for a slap on the wrist from a reader who accuses him of historical inaccuracy, David did not generate major controversies. The worst part was carried by Pablinux. Several readers complained to him for not clarifying the ideological origin of the creator and one affirmed that the problem was how it was going to be used.
It was not so bad for me. (At least they didn't accuse me of having a bad head like in Menéame) They treated me as a misogynist, macho and a Vox sympathizer (My biography clearly says that I live in Argentina) Another reader stated that censorship is a matter of degree.
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More things about me than they wanted to know
Unlike many of our readers, I lived in a dictatorship. The one that ruled Argentina between 1976 and 1983. I don't have any acquaintances who have been disappeared, but, among the memories of my early childhood is that of my mother taking books out of the library and giving them to my father to burn while warning my brother and me not to say anything.
Year later came the Malvinas War chen we went from hearing in all the media that we were winning to the news of the surrender.
In 1984 Buenos Aires held the first International Book Fair in democracy. The photo of all the newspapers was the electronic catalog where it was shown in which places to buy Marx's books.
Ah, the censors weren't just bothered by books and movies. In one province the teaching of Modern Mathematics was prohibited. It seems that Set Theory was subversive.
All those years of books that were not read, opinions that were not debated and things that were not learned are largely to blame for the current decline of the Argentine leadership and as a consequence that of the country. So Sorry if I am not convinced about good censorship and bad censorship.
Where were the principles that we defended?
Putting aside my (I admit) nothing impressive autobiography. The banning of Trump and the elimination of the competition that tried to accommodate it creates dangerous precedents.
What if Biden doesn't give Amazon back the Pentagon contract that Trump took from him? What if Twitter shareholders tired of not making a profit sell it to Murdoch, the owner of Fox News, and the ban in the opposite direction begins?
On the subject at hand was issued the Electronic Frontier Foundation. As everyone knows, it has an equestrian statue of Santiago Abascal at its headquarters.
Like most people in the United States and around the world, the EFF is shocked and disgusted by Wednesday's violent attack on the United States Capitol. We support all who work to defend the Constitution and the rule of law, and we are grateful for the service of politicians, staff and other workers. who endured many hours of confinement and met to fulfill their constitutional duties.
The decision by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and others to suspend and / or block President Trump's communications through their platforms is a simple exercise of their rights, under the First Amendment and Section 230, to commissary their sites. We support those rights. However, we are always concerned when platforms take on the role of censors., so we continue to ask you to apply a human rights framework to those decisions. We also observe that Those same platforms have chosen, for years, to privilege some speakers - particularly government officials - over others., not only in the United States, but also in other countries. A platform should not apply a set of rules to the majority of its users, and then apply a more permissive set of rules to politicians and world leaders who are already immensely powerful.. Conversely, they should be just as judicious when it comes to removing content from ordinary users as they have been to date with respect to heads of state. Going forward, we ask platforms once again to be more transparent and consistent in the way they apply their rules, and We ask policy makers to find ways to encourage competition so that users have plenty of editorial and policy options to choose from.
That is the spirit in which I suggest alternatives and oppose censorship. The original 4 freedoms of Free Software at no time establish ideological restrictions. A program is a tool that, like a hammer, is neither good nor bad. It is those who use it who determine it.
I end up with another date. A poem by Martin Niemöller very popular at the time of the return to democracy in Argentina.
First they came looking for the communists and I didn't say anything because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't say anything because I was not a trade unionist.
Later they came for the Catholics and I didn't say anything because I was a Protestant.
In the end they came for me but, by then, there was no one left to say anything.