Content temperance is hard-bitten. This “mustve been” obvious, but it’s readily forgotten. It is resource intense and relentless; it requires manufacturing challenging and often unsound discriminations; it is wholly unclear what high standards should be, especially on a global scale; and one collapse can incur enough public rage to mar thousands and thousands of hushed success. We as national societies are partly to blame for having positioned programmes in this situation. We sometimes denounce the interferences of moderators, and sometimes criticize their absence.
Even so, we have handed to private business the power to set and enforce the boundaries of appropriate public discussion. That is a huge racial superpower to be held by so little, and it is largely held behind closed doors, becoming it difficult for outsiders to inspect or objection. Platforms often, and conspicuously, fail to live up to our promises. In detail, given the enormity of the undertaking, most platforms’ own explanation of success includes flunking consumers on a regular basis.