I’m one of the few people that still hold on to the hope that the good folks at Ello are able to achieve everything that they’re hoping to get done. A social network that respects privacy and is advertiser free is something that seems like a impossible fantasy. Facebook is a bucket full of noise. Twitter doesn’t feel much better. Ello promises to be something more, but in my brief time using it, it still hasn’t really clicked.

Monday, Ello staff sends out an email blast:

NSFW Month on Ello.

Following Google’s decision to ban NSFW content from Blogger (followed by an awkward reversal), we decided to celebrate freedom of speech on Ello by naming March NSWF Month.

You can’t ban some content without seriously impacting freedom of speech for everyone.

The last people we want to dictate what we can’t say on the Internet are the advertisers that control big ad-based social networks. Ello doesn’t believe in censorship, and because Ello is ad-free, we will always be a dependable haven for free speech.

Help us celebrate NSFW Month on Ello by posting and discussing ideas about free speech, censorship, and why it’s important that Internet remain open and free.

Much Love,
Ello

PS. Some people love adult content. Other’s don’t. Ello is all about respecting each others’ point of view. You can always turn NSFW content on or off on your Ello settings page.

I have to admit, I found this to be a bit of a head scratcher. Sure, I support free speech online, but Ello taking shots at Google for revising what people can and cannot do on Google’s servers seems like straw dog opportunism. The line that I do have problems with primarily is this one:

You can’t ban some content without seriously impacting freedom of speech for everyone.

Actually, yes, you can. And if its the servers of a company or a person that company or person can do anything they want with their own territory. So, I don’t have any kids, but if they sign up for some Disney or Nickelodeon group and someone posts hardcore pornography and Disney or Nickelodeon takes it down, that means they’ve censored something and impacted someone’s free speech, right?

Same thing goes for me as an adult. If I go to a social network and see that other people are posting nothing but pornography (or insert hate speech, whatever you’d like) I’m going to want the social network to put a cap on that or stop using the site.

I want to make sure I’m clear about this: I don’t want anything to leave the Internet. You won’t hear me championing that pornography is scraped from the Internet, or any other content for that matter. What I’m preaching is an understanding of appropriateness. Not everywhere is the right forum for everything. A service taking a stance that a certain kind of material is inappropriate for their service isn’t treading on the rights to free speech that everyone on the Internet should be entitled to.