Substack's unwavering commitment to neutrality, and an unwillingness to set content guidelines beyond porn and hate speech, makes me think they're headed for an ugly place.…
Substack's approach to moderation in 2020 reminds me of Twitter and Reddit in 2010 i.e. "the free speech wing of the free speech party." Good for engagement at first, but often attracts a group of loud and terrible people that shifts public perceptions of what and who it's for.
Former NRA spokesperson Dаna Loesch is one of the fastest-growing Substack publications, breaking the top 10 free list after only three months on the platform. I have no doubt that a bunch of baby Bonginos are right behind her.…
Telling that Loesch is urging all her followers to migrate to Substack from Mailchimp because they "deplatform conservatives." (Hard to imagine a better endorsement of Mailchimp, imho.)…

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