Ok. I am back from work, rested, and had an moment to collect my thoughts on this topic, and to do some research, including read the article that @Malkazoid posted.
From the article, I see 2 points that the author Daniel Cooper lays out as problematic with Minds, that has led to the influx of hate speech on that platform.
Addressing the article, and how it isn't exactly like Narrative.
1. In the subtitle he states "The lack of moderation is a blessing for some of its users." Well Narrative does have moderators and I hope, by implementing a few steps, this will have a somewhat diminishing effect of the amount of hate speech that gets approved on niche topics. So far I think Malkazoid's Racism and my Equality, and the niche Soapbox may have the most amount of hate speech submissions. A niche needs to exist that specifically outlines hate speech and I am currently unaware if that type of topic exists. Without a niche to tag, within our current system, it can only be published on personal journals.
2. The other concern he mentions is that these type of posts are being promoted financially through earned awards. There was very recently a topic that we discussed boosted posts. Cant remember the title. Anyways we don't know if this is what featured posts are about, but I suggested that these boosts may very well be subjected to the advertising voting mechanism, which may combat the rise of hate speech on the platform.
Implementing Community Standards.
Okay regarding research. In mid April 2018, I first brought up the need for regulations on community conduct regarding hate speech, visually depicting hate speech (hate memes), trolling, and implementing standards regarding nudity (I think we need to add doxxing as well). There was some good conversation that started and then it fizzled out. I think it is well worth a read if your are new or newish to the platform. Because it is quite relevant to this current thread and it demonstrates that this hasn't just been brought up now. Nudity Community Standards Age Restrictions Lets Get This Right The First Time
Also, just this morning, I read this Medium team published article on Medium that lays down the ground rules for the community. I think it is fair, plainly written, and quite brilliant in it's comprehensive coverage. I think that if the @Narrative team has not already done this type of post for the launch day, then they need to asap. The TOS is more about corporate liability, and therefore in terms as serving as a Community standards, feels way too loosey-goosey to . Likewise, the White paper, and the new Specifications also does not adequately address Community conduct standards. Which is why we are slamming into these issues on the community board over and over again, because they have not yet been addressed.
My Take On It
In the end I feel that we are all Content Entrepreneurs on this platform. We are here because we plan to make an income, or partial income, from either Content Creation, Moderation, Niche Ownership, and in most cases a combination there of. That means this is a business for all of us. That also means we can collectively determine, that we can ask someone who is disrupting the growth as a business by spewing offensive hate speech, to leave our premise. In other words, to claim free speech is your right, actually does have nuances that are very much implemented in our society, both online and off. You cannot stop a person who is screaming hate speech on a street corner, unless they are reported to the police for disturbing the peace, or inciting harm or violence against another. But you most definitely can ask them to leave your business. I think it is important for this platform, that we substantiate that free speech doesn't mean you have the right to say anything you want, anywhere, anytime. That includes the internet. This is just a fallacy. Hate Speech writers can purchase a domain, and say what ever they want on their private blog, or their own place of business. That is free speech.
1. A plebiscite. If we are truly self-governing as described by the team, then we need to be able to set some standards as a community. Democratically. Not just by who can argue the loudest or longest. AND if we do that, then both the Narrative team, and the community needs to accept these standards, as the crowd decided. If this is the route taken, I see no reason (but time) why it cannot be made during the alpha stage. This is the most informed group to date about what is best for the platform, and I suspect represents the cross section of society just as much as it would 6 months from now. Then create a community Standard from the results of the plebiscite.
2. The team accounts for what the community has stated on this board and Create a Community standards that reflects the majority of the input. Publish it on day one, and be open to the fact that it will need to be a work in progress as new issues arise.
3. Put into the ToS 'no hate speech' (if it isn't already there), so that we can vote down niches, or report niches to the tribunal that turn into vehicles of hate speech.
4. If the narrative team does none of the first three suggestions, then Owners MUST be able to create individual niche community standards, with some accountable to the 'following' community. This will enabling Moderators to reject submissions that do not conform to it. If an owner does not want hate speech to be associated with their niche, on a business level, it is imperative that they are allowed to do so.
Narrative as a platform must not take a laissez-faire approach to the community if we do not want our investments ( and I mean every level not just ownership) to be associated with hate speech. The platform must not impose that upon us, or one of too things will happen. It will fail to grow with the general public, or it will become inundated with offensive content.