Substack, an online platform that is home to such writers as Bari Weiss and Glenn Greenwald, has already been targeted by the Left because right-wingers (and even left-wingers who stray from the narrative now and then) have set up shop there. It used to be white supremacists and militias were the danger, but now we’re learning it’s also anti-vaxxers, who are free to publish their newsletters on the site.

Mashable’s Meera Navlakha took a look at Substack and why these newsletters have been allowed to exist on the platform.

She writes:

So, why has this type of content been allowed to thrive on Substack, even in the midst of an ever-rising tide of COVID misinformation in digital spaces? According to the Center for Countering Digital Hate, more than 59 million people were reached by 425 anti-vaxxer accounts tracked by the organization in 2020 on social media platforms.

The answer seemingly lies in Substack’s self-proclaimed philosophy when it comes to censorship — the promotion of discourse, no matter what it may lead to. The company’s content guidelines, last updated in November 2021, emphasises its primary principle: “To be a safe place for discussion and expression.”

“We believe that critique and discussion of controversial issues are part of robust discourse, so we work to find a reasonable balance between these two priorities,” reads the post.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate? Who funds something like that?

She does note parenthetically that Substack is also home to white nationalists and QAnon influencers. And CNN is home to pedophiles, but you don’t see her mentioning that.



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