I think those are valid concerns when thinking about this using current dominant mindset, which is one of trusting those with power to look after things like censorship and not abuse that power. The reality is what drives those building Safe Network I think, the reality that those with power do abuse it and that we see this has increased steadily with centralisation and increasingly authoritarian surveillance, control and censorship.
So an alternative mindset is to say, all content is allowed to exist. Individuals then have the power to choose who is in charge of their personal censorship or filtering, whether government, a community, a friend or to eschew censorship altogether. I think most of us will select apps with some kind of filtering or censorship, but with the option to tweak, tune or turn that off if it gets in the way, or to switch to something that suits our needs better.
The second mindset is very new to most of us and it will feel different which can make the change hard to accept and it will no doubt face resistance. It may also garner support, and provide people with an alternative to what is increasingly toxic to individuals and communities, and incompatible with a world where individuals have the right to communicate with anyone and everyone rather than only with the permission of gatekeepers, billionaires and governments.
Whether Safe Network can survive in this environment is unclear. Maybe it will be niche like Tor, but incredibly useful nevertheless. Or maybe it will become accepted and help to push back against the abuse of those with centralised power.
I’m sure MaidSafe and others in the community think about these kind of issues, but nobody can know exactly what is the best or how things will turn out, so it is also an experiment, but an important one if you look around and see how a billionaire can now just buy up the closest thing we had to a public square while claiming to be a free speech absolutist, and still be cheered on by his fans as he arbitrarily censors people he doesn’t like.
What Must did with Twitter is show a lot more people that the status quo has been broken and getting worse for a long time, and Safe Network is just one of the projects which arises out of that recognition. I’m sure there will be others, and I hope together we can move things in a better direction.
Nothing is perfect, there is only an illusion of perfection and it is useful to look behind that, behind what people resisting change say and why they are saying it. I’m sure you can think of disingenuous examples that tap into people’s real fears and concerns, but which don’t address them and instead have both intended and unintended negative consequences for the population.