Last week, when Reddit clamped down on Redditors rights to harass fat girls to the point of suicide, many of the disenfranchised redditors took up a mantle that they were going to flee to Voat, a creepy alternative to reddit where you can still live in the free speech utopia of upskirt shots, ‘jailbait’ pics of young girls, discussions of white supremacy and revenge porn. Because free speech!
Anyway, after the exile, KotakuInAction was one of the most vocal communities that was discussing emigrating to Voat. Because while they are totes not about harassment, there sure seem to be a lot of people who don’t understand the harmlessness and benevolence of their tactics. All of last week, this amusing post was pinned to the top of the sub.
IN THE EVENT OF KIA’S EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN
IF KIA GETS BANNED FOR WHATEVER REASON, REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE A VOAT SUB . THERE IS ANOTHER SUBVERSE FOR GAMERGATE ACTIVITY THAT YOU’D BE WELCOME AT, AS WELL. THERE’S ALSO 8CHAN , OF COURSE, BUT YOU WON’T BE AS WELCOME THERE SINCE CULTURAL CLASHES AND ALL.
KNOW YOUR EXITS, KNOW THE CONTINGENCY PLANS.
Voat initially creaked under the load – it’s servers couldn’t handle the massive influx of free speeching edgelords. They may or may not have been DDOSed in there (which if true, should be condemned). But the worst was yet to come – when voat’s hosting company discovered what voat was all about, they terminated their contract with Voat. Many observers note that Voat’s hosting is currently in Germany which is not currently exactly a bastion of free speech – they are still very cautious in particular about Nazi-related white supremacy, for example, and german hosting companies carry greater liability for illegal content than hosting in other countries.
This is shortly after 8chan proudly clinging to existence by refusing to cooperate with investigations about revenge porn occurring on their site – a nice little addition to the site to go with their tolerance of child porn (link contains blurred images but is still seriously skeevy). Meanwhile, according to KiA, the mods running 8chan are barely keeping the thing standing up because no donation site wants their business.
There’s a lot of talk about how this is an assault on the free speech of gamergators, which was basically leaning on using these sites to keep their edgier operations going. But this misses the point: free speech means that the government doesn’t interfere with your speech. Free speech doesn’t mean that reddit has to let you post, paypal has to take your donations, or a hosting company to want your speech to be associated with their proud company name. That being said, there apparently is a business opportunity for hosting services and billing services to edgelord websites. I recommend if you go in that business, charging a premium.
Predictably, KiA is melting down about this (+4581). Still, it would be nice if they would care about free speech for game devs, game critics and game journalists as much as they do about free speech for edgelords, MRAs, white supremacists, child pornographers, revenge porn distributors, twitter dogpilers and the sort of repugnant assholes who try to shame fat girls into suicide.