I think it should be pretty fucking clear I support mass censorship against CSAM. Anyone who is not a piece of trash would agree with me. If you don’t kindly fuck off. I’ve said it many times and I’ve said it before: A way to automatically destroy any known detected CSAM on all user’s personal computers and phones is very desirable. Outside from specific government organizations, no one has the right to possess CSAM. So an automatic system installed on all user computers that will destroy known CSAM would definitely be desirable.
Where the line would be drawn would be if this censorship machine decides to act as spyware. If the technology has the capability to not just detect & destroy, but detect & report, it thus becomes spyware and this is where the line is drawn. I absolutely do not feel comfortable at all as a law abiding citizen that I am being treated as a probationer who has been convicted and given a suspended sentence for a cyber crime. Just because criminals exist does not give the government the right to treat us all like cyber criminal probationers. I am not a probationer, I am a free citizen.
I support mass installation of CSAM detection software on almost all personal computers and phones, but instead of reporting users with that horrible stuff on, it should not go beyond removing the likely illegal content from accessibility of the user.
Mass censorship = prevent from view and/or destroy images that are very likely to be contraband (PhotoDNA detects a match thus likely contraband). If a user stumbles across material that is very likely contraband, it would just censor that image out so the user does not see it.
Mass Surveillance = not only detect likely contraband, but also reports the user automatically. If a user stumble across material, even accidentally, it may still be reported to authorities automatically.
We want mass censorship, not surveillance. A world of mass surveillance is a world in which people live in fear. A person who has no nefarious goals may live in fear that they may stumble across digital contraband and would live in fear that their own phone may have snitched on them on the authorities.
Furthermore, Surveillance can easily be extended to other things beyond CSAM so they may live in fear in not only stumbling across digital contraband, but may be scared to ask unpopular questions or give unpopular statements.
Mass censorship can be argued to protect both the victim and the general public! Members of the general public often reported being deeply disturbed by what they saw and do wish to unsee such horrible material. Victims also do wish the images of their abuse could be taken off the internet for good. Mass Censorship does not treat the general public like potential criminals, because blocking CSAM from view also protects the well being of the public.
Mass Surveillance in contrast DOES treat members of the general public like potential criminals. Why would you need to install an automatic reporting system into my phone or computer unless you think I might commit a crime? This does nothing to enhance my well being or to protect me like the mass censorship idea. If someone stumbles across a post which would have CSAM, blocking it from view is enough to protect them. A system which automatically reports them treats them as a suspect as oppose to someone in need of protection.
If we are going to enable this level of mass censorship, Transparency will absolutely be needed. It’s absolutely important that victimless material like Cartoons are not being lumped in with abuse of children. We all should support censoring the hell out of CSAM, but we need to make sure these hashes do not contain obviously victimless material like cartoons.