Underneath Mozilla's blatantly hypocritical posturing about 'censorship' and freedom of speech, net neutrality is really just about a money grab.
By Robert Tracinski | The Federalist
Does anyone have an idea why this might give us pause—why warnings about a corporation dictating what people can say might come off a bit wrong, especially when it comes from Firefox and its parent company Mozilla?
If not, let me refresh your memory: Mozilla is the company that, all the way back in the misty past of 2014, fired its co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich when it was revealed that he had made a small donation to a campaign to put gay marriage on the ballot in California. So he was hounded out of his job because “love wins,” or something. But by all means, Mozilla is now very concerned that corporations might try to dictate what people can think.
Mozilla firing Brendan Eich was not “censorship.” Only government can impose censorship, because only government can use force to impose systematic controls on speech. Freedom of speech means that you have a right to say whatever you want, but you also have to face social repercussions from other people, who have a right to decide they no longer want to be friends with or do business with you—even if they do so unjustly. So Mozilla’s decision to fire Eich may have been stupid and intolerant, and it might reveal the gap between the conformist code of Silicon Valley and the values of the rest of the nation, but it isn’t “censorship.”