Old World Underground
🐸 Citizen of the Internet 🐸
I'm responsible for getting a small village worth of accounts banned in comments sections, and thousands of their stupid comments removed, over the years.This is why I don't want to beat up on Big Tech in this situation. Or really make a huge moral fagging about reporting channels at all, everyone gets reported and every does reporting. I used to think it was a snitching in prison tier faux pas in 2016, as well as being morally wrong. But after being booted from everything and seeing literally everyone else support this stuff up until immediately after it happens to them, I just can't summon the fucks to give.
I was part of the OG 2016 twitter crew who all got purged after Trump won and ghettoized to gab. By January 2017 most of us had realized that turnabout was fair play. When it comes to accounts run by antifa, shitlibs, neocohens, groomers, and other hostile entities, yes, I've clicked that flag button thousands of times with no regrets. We didn't bring this double edged sword to the battlefield, our enemies did, but I have absolutely done my part to make sure it's thrust into them as well, even if at a rate that pales in comparison to the organized mass targeting and censorship of rightwingers; I have no regrets. Some of the funniest times I've had on the internet were watching these sniveling faggots resurface frothing in an incredulous rage at how an ebil nazi could possibly game a system of censorship enforced by AI and dumb pajeets into harming the very people who had set it up to harm us.
Everybody loves a punishment which fits the crime. And besides that, I don't even want to live in the same country as these people, I don't care if we exist in the same platform together, especially since they already lobbed their nukes first and set these censorship precedents against our will, which I spent years opposing in vain. Freedom of speech was also intended for White men of good character only as well; and that certainly precludes a lot of the seethers who subscribe to these sacrosanct unwritten rules of the internet.
That said, I will agree with @Andrew Anglin that maybe deplatforming a larger content producer like Mr. Girl was not the smartest move in terms of what Nick was doing with those people. I'm not going to defend it in that instance. All this has been to say, the pandora's box on the use of flagging as a weapon in the culture war has been irrevocably opened. There are some situations where it is overkill and inappropriate to employ and it can be argued the MG situation was one of those, but there are other times where it's absolutely appropriate.
The people against flagging on principle are as detached from the reality of the situation as the hopeless utopians who oppose guns on principle. I'd love to just roll back time and again have the 2015 internet where everything that was covered by the first amendment went, but that's not how the world works. Looks like the flag button will be here for a long time to come.
I really don't feel all that passionate about MG or Jim and KF, but if the flag button is going to remain a weapon in the culture war, and it's going to remain, then the people who supported implementing it and exponentially expanding its scope should absolutely be treated to their share of it where the system can be gamed, the same as all those Martha's Vinyard jews and shitlibs should be treated to more enriching diversity.