How Do You Feel About Substack?
I am growing uncomfortable with this platform because of the views of the founder
If you have no idea why I’m expressing discomfort with continuing to publish on Substack, just Google these two words: substack nazi
I thought I was “all in” for free speech but what I’m learning about myself so late in life is that my position has conditions. For example, hate speech, conversation that demeans others, and words that foment rebellion push me past my own personal level of tolerance. I don’t find that free speech means that all speech is acceptable. There are limits and in my view, Substack has crossed the line.
Even though my total subscriber count continues to slowly climb (and much of this is due to the organic way Substack helps authors grow their subscriber base), I am also seeing subscribers leave. A few of those subscribers have told me their decision to leave Substack was do to the issue of Substack supporting the publication of Nazi content.
Since Substack has chosen to profit from hosting content that exceeds my sense of acceptable free speech, I’ve embarked on a journey to find a different publishing platform, up to and including hosting it myself. Before I make that leap, I’d like to hear your thoughts. You can comment below, or reach me publicly on Mastodon at @firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter/X as user @KJ7Tom. You can also reach me privately by email at email@example.com. If you’d like to remain completely anonymous, please visit my Tailgram post where you can offer comments with complete anonymity.
It doesn’t matter to me how you share your thoughts — what is important is that you do share your thoughts! I appreciate being able to share content and ideas with you and hope our relationship will continue in the future, whatever choice I make.