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All-In Podcast | Big tech Banning Trump, The Ramifications For The First Amendment & The open Internet

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Key Takeaways

  • People forget there are legitimate views on both sides of a polarizing topic; a nuanced opinion can trigger either side against you. Thus, patience and tolerance are important
  • Freedom of speech is vital for democracy and freedom, it’s now under the threat of censorship. The biggest power grab in history has happened
  • “Our free speech rights got privatized, the town square got digitized and centralized” – David Sacks
    • Thus, it’s vital to create an online bill of rights, defendable in court
  • “Censorship always starts as something you like and it ends as something you don’t like when it finally gets turned against you” – David Sacks
    • Decentralized apps and protocols are the free-market answer to censorship
  • A possible second-order consequence of ban-policy: governments consider social media reach as a lever of national power and may demand nationalizing the rails of social media to allow their operation

Intro

On Polarizing Topics

  • People forget there are legitimate views on both sides of a polarizing topic (e.g. Trump); nuanced opinion can trigger either side against you
    • Thus, patience and tolerance are important
    • “Don’t fall for the simple, easy, out. To assume that being a conservative means you are a Trump supporter, or being a liberal means you are not a Trump supporter” – Chamath Palihapitiya
  • David Sacks describes himself as anti-hysteria, whether that means criticizing Trump or the resistance
  • Chamath characterizes his political views as sometimes conservative, calling for less intervention from an incompetent government
    • While supporting more government intervention in dire cases that require public mandates, such as climate change or health care

Free Speech Online

  • Freedom of speech is vital for democracy and freedom, it’s now under the threat of censorship. The biggest power grab in history has happened
    • Your online identity and right to participate in public conversation can be taken away with no explanation
  • “Our free speech rights got privatized, the town square got digitized and centralized”
    • “Half a dozen oligarchs now have the right to determine what we see and read and people are cheering” – David Sacks
  • Tech companies reacted in unison and issued bans that are beyond any legal requirements, this is a slippery slope of subjective censorship

Laws and Big Tech Censorship

  • Big tech operates as a quasi-governmental organization with the choice to operate in a free market or as a monopoly.
    • As a result, power becomes in the shadows, with no accountability, due process of law, or a way to redress rights infringements
      • Put it this way, “who do we appeal to when we get canceled by Google or Apple?” – David Sacks
  • Basic observation: “The law hasn’t kept up with the internet” – David Friedberg
    • Censorship laws ultimately boil down to: “who has the power to decide?”
    • Thus, there is an argument for an internet court that creates online standards, defendable in court
  • Some may argue online platforms are private services that can be disrupted on the open Internet. However, alternatives like Parler were also banned

Consequences of Censorship

  • “Censorship always starts as something you like and it ends as something you don’t like when it finally gets turned against you” – David Sacks
  • Governments consider social media reach as a lever of national power and may demand nationalizing the rails of social media to allow their operation
    • Keep in mind, major social media platforms are too complicated to have a single team implementing international policies
  • Social media CEOs face the pressure to implement a ban policy from both employees and politicians
    • “Jack is leading Twitter from behind, the mob runs Twitter now” – David Sacks

Alternatives to Censorship

  • A moderation policy that is consistent with the first amendment could mean a temporary suspension or a certain tweet ban rather than a lifetime ban and de-platforming
  • Information wants to be free. Decentralized apps and protocols are the free-market answer to censorship (E.g. Bitcoin and Mastodon)
  • Forming an online bill of rights that is defendable in court

A Closing Thought

  • Only in America: Anthony Noto and Chamath Palihapitiya both grew up on welfare programs, they took SoFi public in a major deal
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Notes By Mostafa Khaled

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