Where one stands on unrestricted free speech is an increasingly political question that is capable of generating a lot of online heat. Quite how polarising the issue is became clear to me a couple of weeks ago, when I wrote about the launch of Dissenter, a web application/browser extension that allows users to override commenting restrictions on any URL. By attaching a shadow layer, visible only to those logged into the network, anyone who has downloaded the Dissenter extension is able to “comment” — even where comments are disabled or heavily moderated. Some viewed my piece, which mused on whether it was wise for the core comment space to ignore dissenting radicals, as almost heretical. They were keen to remind me that Dissenter is an offshoot of Gab, the self-styled Free Speech
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