The New York Times just ran a story by Ben Smith on the Substack wars, and my husband Danny’s decision to take a Substack Pro contract. I think it’s a well balanced piece, but I’ve asked Ben to clarify this one point:
I don’t actually think Substack needs to broaden its definition of harassment in the least. I think the framework for dealing with harassment outlined in the Substack Publishing Agreement (PA) is perfectly adequate:
My only objection is that these standards are not being applied equitably in the case of Graham Linehan, who has repeatedly harmed people (including me), acted threateningly, abusively, and has published defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, and objectionable material. He has also published hate, and “call[ed] for” the “exclusion” and “segregation” of women “based on their” “gender.”
The problem’s not with policy, it’s with enforcement, as I’ve argued here.