Thank you @Eltuxo I was wrong, Mozilla is not calling for “more” de-platforming.
My original title: “Mozilla calling for more de-platforming and Facebook-like control over information”
I made a logical leap because their stance agrees with the reasoning behind the upsurge in de-platforming but they didn’t call for more.
I’ve also been challenged on this statement (which i’ve corrected) as it can be easily read to imply that the ACLU and EFF were directly addressing Mozilla which they were not.
Originally in post: “Both the ACLU and EFF regard Mozilla’s call to de-platform as anti-human rights.”
Which stances is Mozilla taking which the ACLU and EFF have declared as anti-human rights?
“Since then there has been significant focus on the deplatforming of President Donald Trump. By all means the question of when to deplatform a head of state is a critical one, among many that must be addressed. When should platforms make these decisions? Is that decision-making power theirs alone?”
But as reprehensible as the actions of Donald Trump are, the rampant use of the internet to foment violence and hate, and reinforce white supremacy is about more than any one personality. Donald Trump is certainly not the first politician to exploit the architecture of the internet in this way, and he won’t be the last. We need solutions that don’t start after untold damage has been done.
Changing these dangerous dynamics requires more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from social media platforms."
Trump is referenced as someone who exploits the architecture of the internet, a practice that’s described as “dangerous dynamics” requiring “more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal”.
The term “More than” qualifies their support for temporary silencing and permanent removal which in the case of their reference of Trump has been regarded as anti-human rights by the ACLU and EFF.
“Turn on by default the tools to amplify factual voices over disinformation.”
Mozilla contextualizes “amplifying factual voices” by linking a story about Facebook improving and reducing the exposure of certain publishers.
“The change resulted in an increase in Facebook traffic for mainstream news publishers including CNN, NPR and The New York Times, while partisan sites like Breitbart and Occupy Democrats saw their numbers fall.” - The New York Times
While Mozilla’s Facebook recommendation isn’t calling for political suppression, the conclusion of that method results in political suppression.
There is such as thing as objective truth and news sources can be ranked correctly but this isn’t being done by a super AI. This will be done by humans during one of the most politically polarized times in American history and big tech is incentivized to favor politicians who’ll release them from responsibility.
It’s not by accident for example that the New York Times describes only Breitbart and Occupy Democrats as being partisan.
Even if every outlet could be ranked perfectly, some outlets will never cover what others are willing to or they’ll cover them very differently so this’ll remove perspective or by the least the opportunity for a reader to understand why their neighbor thinks the way they do so they can better dialog.