Quora Banned Me For Saying The Earth Isn’t Flat

Read that again: ISN’T flat.

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Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash of a non-flat earth
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Email to me from Quora of their fateful decision
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Photo of the earth by NASA on Unsplash — still not flat

Let’s talk about Quora for a minute

Quora is a question and answer website where anyone can ask a question, and anyone can answer. It monetizes questions, so there is somewhat of an incentive to ask silly and inane questions in a myriad of different variants. Some variants of these Quora questions I have seen are:

The flat earth cabal has grown significantly in the past decade.

Part of their growth is related to the overall skepticism people have in science and government, combined with the fact that there’s money to be made on the topic — especially on YouTube, where flat earth channels tend to have a lot of subscribers. As YouTube (like Quora) monetizes content, the more viewers, the more money flat earthers make.

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Photo by Joseph Barrientos on Unsplash of the Golden Gate bridge. Due to the curvature of the Earth, the towers are a little wider apart at the top than they are at the bottom. Build this bridge according to a flat earth model and it will tumble down rather quickly.
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Bye, Quora

While my answers may have initially violated the “be nice, be respectful” principle, Quora lets flat earthers and other people who are literally wrong have free reign. I guess we won’t be seeing a “be scientific, avoid baseless conspiracy theories” principle anytime soon.

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I work in information security at Tapad. Write book reviews for the RSA blog, & a Founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance and Cybersecurity Canon.

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