I think these problems will be solved by collaborative filtering rather than by moderation or censorship.
I will be able delegate decisions to others that I trust and if enough of those personally appointed “oracles” agree on something I will accept it as truth.
On the current internet, we have a lot of implied authority that we depend on: HTTPS, trustworthy companies behind well-known domain names, app stores that verify the producers and the apps, and so on. (Please realize that I worded the above in a tongue-in-cheek manner on purpose. No, we shouldn’t put so much trust in so many places, but still: it’s not the Wild West that SAFE will be.)
So, we will need a web of trust, completely from the ground up, with no central authority.
In fact, I’m sure we’ll have a few different competing webs of trust, and that’s a good thing.
They will be used for a lot of things:
- verifying app installs: whether an app is safe, whether it’s okay to ask for access to my camera, and so on
- blocking bad content: there’s sh*t out there I don’t want to stumble on even by accident; I want my little nephew (and my own potential future offspring) away from it even more
- blocking some obnoxious fools from my life
- rating content: I know that my friend likes the same music, so I’ll sign up for whatever he decided was worthy of listening
- following news: whatever gets popular with a certain group of people, I consider it worthy to read
- and so on…