The purpose of this community has always been, and continues to be, to provide a space for the free exchange of ideas - no matter how controversial or politically incorrect (a low bar these days).
Many members of this community have arrived here because their speech has been silenced on other platforms. We don’t ban anyone for their ideas or political perspectives. We don’t moderate people into silence. We don’t shadowban. We let ideas and opinions stand on their own. If you are courageous enough to post your perspective, then you should be prepared to face objective criticism and debate. You should be prepared to defend your IDEAS. That is why this community exists.
To avoid indirect censorship, we have eliminated all advertisements on Freebird. We don’t worry about complaints from advertisers because we don’t have any, which is a rare find on the internet nowadays. Instead, we accept voluntary donations and self-fund all expenses incurred from operating this site. We don’t make any money by doing this. In fact, we don’t break even. As a veteran, I personally believe that funding Freebird with my own money and time is a way to contribute to the greater good of society. We need a space for open and honest debate that is immune from censorship to the maximum extent possible.
This does not mean anything goes.
Lately, the conduct of a small contingent of members within this community has moved into unacceptable territory. That ends now.
We believe in free speech. But if we allow unlimited free speech, such as personal attacks, flaming, and spam, it ends up destroying normal conversation, which effectively removes the ability of others to exercise their own free speech and defeats the purpose of this community.
I want to be crystal clear: we reserve the right to delete anything that is counter to our goal of providing a space for the free exchange of ideas.
That means we reserve the right to delete posts that contain personal attacks, spam, flaming, doxing, threats of violence (that can be construed as such in a court of law), or anything else that has the effect of chilling free speech and open debate.
As of today, I am clearing all flags and we are starting over. This is a red line and it will be enforced.
To those who have created the conditions referenced above, you have now forced my hand. Congratulations.
The law of physical removal from private property is now in effect.