I just can't help but feel that anyone who actively opposes any rules, regulations or control of harassment, violent behavior, bigotry or abuse, even if "Just" in verbal format, are doing so because they feel targeted by such a move.
Don't get me wrong here, I'm not trying to say "He who smelt it, dealt it!" or anything. I just can't seem to wrap my mind around how any attempt at damming the often vile and cruel voices that all scream in hateful unison at others is a bad thing, nor do I see how it's censorship. A lot of the people who are arguing that any anti-harassment policy is censorship and a violation of our human rights are the same people who will quite happily admit that they will say almost anything to a person they don't like on, for example, Twitter to make them shut up or outright flee the platform. Is that not hypocrisy at it's finest?
Measures like these, to me at least, aren't meant to censor or take away our right to free speech, but rather the opposite: It's meant to encourage free speech in an environment where you won't be chewed up and spat out for voicing your opinion on controversial topics in a civilized manner. It's meant to protect those whose voices are drowned out in a sea of toxicity and cruelty.
They can be bigots, fascists or fundamentally religious for all I care, people have a right to their opinion, but all this is meant to do is ensure that you voice your opinion in a civilized manner, rather than charging at someone like a caveman, screaming profanities and trying to chase them out of what you have claimed as your own cave when in fact it was meant for everyone.
Maybe that's just my Danish definition of Freedom of Speech talking though, I don't know. Here you can definitely still say or do what you want, but you will also be held accountable. If I threaten someone with violence, or even death, then I could face fines or even jailtime. Why? Because it's absurd and wrong to do that. You're not allowed to kill someone, so why should you be allowed to tell them you're going to do it and just turn around and leave?
The reason why we see a police presence at demonstrations isn't because we aren't allowed our opinions (In most cases, at least) but because sometimes, in the heat of passion, otherwise intelligent individuals can devolve into bloodthirsty dogs and loose themselves, and that's not okay. So why should it be okay just because you're on Twitter or Facebook? Why should people be allowed to gather in angry, misinformed or ignorant mobs and try to chase out anyone and everyone they don't like, while the hosts just turn and look the other way, pretending they don't hear a thing?
I just don't get it.