As I'm always want to say when anyone pulls out the "Free Speech" flag and starts waving it around; Free Speech in a private venue such as ATS
exists only upon the good graces and tolerance of the Owners, and those entrusted to enforce Moderation.
In a private venue, free speech is an illusion extended by courtesy and tolerance of the Host.
If I don't like what you say or express in or on my own private and personal property, I'm fully within my rights to ask you to leave and even have
you expelled forcibly as well as barring you from ever returning.
Please note, the use of "you" is in terms of the Magestic Plural and refers to no singular person, but an ambiguation of generalized personality.
Certainly, in public places, or government/public owned/controlled property, in Nations that have free speech, free speech/expression is upheld
It, however, is not free speech/expression in totality.
True Free Speech does not exist and will not be tolerated by anyone.
Reason for this being is, it's certainly popular for people to find vicious lies, libel, smears, and accusations intolerable. People in power
certainly don't want to hear these.
More importantly, however, people hate the Truth even more, especially so when it deal with themselves, abuses of power, and all the fun stuff that
goes on behind closed doors for the very reasons closed doors were invented to keep closed.
Thus, lies are managed and tolerated in the public so long as they don't do much important damage, and Truth is managed even tighter.
It's a nice illusion.