I’ve not been online as long as some, but I’ve still been online for nearly thirty years now. And every single social platform I’ve used, from Usenet and CompuServe through forums and Web 2.0 and social media and more, has faced the same problem: sooner or later, significant numbers of people, including but not limited to nazis, will try and abuse it and weaponise it against marginalised people. The question is never whether it’ll happen; just when it’ll happen and how.
There’s a question every technology product should ask, and that is: how can this be abused? And despite thirty-odd years of social media online, all too often the question is not considered until the abuse is already well under way.
These other poeple doing this abusing. They’re your fellow human beings. That’s just what the mass of us are.
The demand that they not be allowed to be on social media is a demand, the demand, that humanity not be there.
Sure, many are cockweasels but that’s humanity for you.