(Editor’s note: My friend Tom Cleaver, World War II historian, aviation expert and historian, Vietnam Veteran and all-around good guy, sounds an ominous warning about Nazi, Neo-Nazi, White Supremist and White Nationalist Substack posts and groups. He has given me permission to re-post his post. Please consider subscribing to his site.)
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The following is in today’s Atlantic magazine online. After I finished writing it, I sent an email to Substack Inc., suggesting that while they also make quite a bit of money off the paid subscribers of several anti-vax Substack sites, that making money off actual Nazis should be considered a step too far.
If you agree, I hope you will make your knowledge of this situation and your concerns about it known to the writers of all the other Substacks you subscribe to.
As the article notes, Substack already has Terms of Service that — if they ever enforced those terms — would prevent this situation ever happening. Since Substack has that announced policy, they are well within their rights to cancel the sites and ban all the dedicated Nazi subscribers from the site, since they already say such people are not welcome.
So it’s really simple: NO FUCKING NAZIS, SUBSTACK!
From the Atlantic article
The newsletter-hosting site Substack advertises itself as the last, best hope for civility on the internet — and aspires to a bigger role in politics in 2024. But just beneath the surface, the platform has become a home and propagator of white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Substack has not only been hosting writers who post overtly Nazi rhetoric on the platform; it profits from many of them.
Substack, founded in 2017, has terms of service that formally proscribe “hate,” along with pornography, spam, and anyone “restricted from making money on Substack” — a category that includes businesses banned by Stripe, the platform’s default payment processor. But Substack’s leaders also proudly disdain the content-moderation methods that other platforms employ, albeit with spotty results, to limit the spread of…