Many of us use social media on a daily basis in the same spirit that we use any other form of communication. True, the lack of physical proximity to another person does cause people to sometimes be nastier than they would in a physical meeting, but overall we respect everyone’s right to free speech. If a user has a problem with another user they can ignore them, block them, etc. just like in real life.
Some people felt that that wasn’t enough and want to control free speech itself. So on specifically on some social media site, like Nextdoor, people can report any content they want, anonymously, and usually get it removed. They can do it under the totally undefined guidelines of “don’t use Nextdoor as a soapbox”, or “be helpful not hurtful” or any other number of things. All of this is filtered through a neighborhood admin that makes the final decision, and may or may not be a true American when it comes to free speech. Essentially, this means that any content can be removed for any reason. The person reporting the largely non-offensive content, can be doing so simply because they are an investor in one of the companies that’s being talked about and it’s effecting their bottom line, for example. People are not required to list their investments after all, before pretending to be offended by a post that attacks Verizon, for example. I have personally seen Verizon investors try to have posts removed that are related to public broadband efforts, even though the posts are not offensive. They can claim something like, “over-posting” and since it effects their bottom line, you can be sure they’ll use every fascist means at their disposal to get it removed. After all, they have no allegiance to their countries or communities, just to their investments. Nextdoor’s policies makes it especially easy for them to get away with this behavior. By perverting their community policies, fascists in your community can control speech on this platform to protect their Corporate Dictatorships.
It is also worth mentioning that Nextdoor allows “sponsored content” (aka paid ads) from some of the most immoral companies to be run on the site, and sent to you in messages, but local businesses aren’t supposed to use the site to advertise for free. In short, the people in you community, working hard everyday, that have services you might actually need, are not allowed to use their community website to advertise in their own neighborhood for free, but if ultra-fascist big telecoms want to, hey no problem. Nextdoor is simply the most fascist social media site out there, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. If the community standards were adjusted to reflect other social media sites, and honor our constitution, it could be truly valuable.