My concern is that social media giants have become so central to communication, that though they have the right to censor because they are private organizations, the scale to which their censorship effects society is large enough to be dangerous.
In a sense, it’s bad in the same way that it would be bad if the government actively censored you with laws.
It’s not that extreme, but it’s still like having a surveillance system that is influencing people’s ability to express ideas by erasing the ideas it disagrees with.
Now, my personal hope is that these social media giants are challenged by new legitimate competitors. We’ve needed some competition against what are more or less monopolies for a while.
And also to undo the continued censorship of the internet.
I don’t know what it would take for a legitimate competitor against tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and twitter to actually be popular, but I definitely believe it’s possible.
I agree with your post completely by the way. While censorship concerns me, there are tons of cases where you are punished for your speech that are not censorship.