Just occurred to me I failed to make a point I was hoping to get to.
Part of what we are seeing is something I’d call the arrogance of Big Tech. The culture there is frequently animated by thought like “We are re-inventing the world!” and stuff like that.
So, instead of turning to a 250 year legal tradition of First Amendment law in the US…a tradition which up until the day before yesterday was universally considered the Gold Standard for freedom of expression and conscience the world over…the Silicon Valley Grandees take it upon themselves to start from scratch. They are too smart to be bothered by something as messy as the law. They will, in their infinite wisdom, and with infinite opacity as to their process, come up with the metaphysically optimum policy.