See also – anonymity.
“It is utterly and completely irrational for people who defend the vulnerable to call for the destruction of Section 230. Section 230 helps protect vulnerable people by making it possible to speak out against those who would hurt them. Weakening the critically important protection it provides online platforms would only weaken these platforms’ ability to provide an outlet for vulnerable people’s critically important expression, and thus in turn weaken them.”
The reason I added anonymity above is that is the other suggestion I see often about how to “clean up” social media. The theory is that if everyone had to use their real name and prove who they are, they’d behave better.
If you’ve looked at Facebook or even LinkedIn lately, you might look at that suggestion with some skepticism. You’d be right to.
But, more importantly, as they say above, vulnerable people need not only the freedom to speak, but the freedom to do it anonymously.
Take away both of those things and there will be a lot more bad stuff that goes on that we never learn about. There will be a lot more victims of abuse and harassment who don’t come forward, whistleblowers who never inform us of illegal behavior, and under-represented voices we never get to hear.
That’s not a better version of the internet.