How is it hyperbole to ask why 3 journalists who did not violate the terms of service were banned?
I like how you come out the gate with a straw man. You said, “I believe they have an equal right to express their opinions and experiences.” I said:
Such hyperbole. Medium has not taken away their rights. It just doesn’t want their stuff on its platform. They still have the right to go somewhere else and write.
You trying to frame this as an issue of rights is what I’m taking issue with. Are you saying that private citizens have a right to post whatever they want, anywhere they want? A private company like Medium does not have the right to remove content from its servers that it would prefer is not there?
Why is one group of people with boringly common politics no longer allowed on Medium, but way more extreme views allowed to be published on a regular basis on the opposite end of the political spectrum?
These are all reasonable questions to ask. Anyone with a minority view of the world should be wondering what the criteria is for being banned now, and concerned if their politics could be next.
The short answer is that we live in a capitalist society. If the persons overseeing a private enterprise believe they can increase profitability by way of eliminating certain segments of shitposting, they’re going to do that. This should not be difficult to understand. The long answer is we also live in a litigious society, and maybe Medium doesn’t want to be on the wrong end of a hate speech, libel, or defamation lawsuit.
Regarding my own minority views on the world, I have no expectations for any private enterprise to make space for me to share them, because I fundamentally have no faith in any private enterprise to do what’s right and no faith in corrupt public institutions to enforce what’s right. If it happens that I am able to find a platform that I do not find too odious to even use, and if it happens that said platform is agreeable to my presence, great. If not, I won’t be losing any sleep over it.
If you want to talk about what’s reasonable, managing your expectations is reasonable.