I am not sure where the correct place to put this post so I hope this is the right spot.
Looking at events going on in the US, Europe and around the world; there has been a huge increase in the violation of human rights. Freedom of speech is extremely important in these situations. Fdroid currently has a ban on freedom of speech apps. The stated reason is that apps that allow freedom of speech also allow hate speech and Fdroid doesn’t want to allow apps that can transmit hate speech. The problem is that alternative apps that try to clamp down on hate speech tend to be involved in mass censorship. For every 1 person spewing hateful garbage they censor off the internet, there tends to be 100 or more other people being respectful but saying opinions that the platform owner does not agree with so the platform owner censors them off the internet. Those 100 people being able to speak online is far more important then any morality arguments about why that 1 person spewing hateful garbage should be censored off the internet. Moderation of hate speech should really be done at the individual level. If a person “A” doesn’t want to see hateful garbage being said by person “B” then person “A” simply blocks their own view of person “B” comments. Server owners, service providers and app stores like Fdroid should not be taking part in the censorship.
Secondly, censoring of freedom of speech apps doesn’t have any dent in the amount of uncensored hate speech by percentage. Most hate speech transmitted that will never get censored because of its support from the platform owner comes over apps like Facebook and Twitter. The Fdroid store allows apps that connect to these services but then bans apps with significantly smaller amounts of uncensored hate speech. While the total level of hate speech is not affected much by percentage because places like Facebook and Twitter are responsible for the majority, we do have the much larger group of people that get censored off of these platforms. Remember how I told you for ever 1 hateful poster censored off of these platform, there is at least 100 or more respectful people being censored off because the platform owner doesn’t like their opinions? This leads to the mass censorship problem we have that is done in the name of fighting hate speech but has no real effect on hate speech that remains on the internet. It is only effective at censoring people the platform owner doesn’t agree with. This is why Fdroid should remove its ban on all freedom of speech apps.