Considering the recent news on WB and in general with society as a whole I wanted to address the issue on my own terms.
Is Censorship good or bad? Well as most would agree it is a complicated topic, filled with a lot of problems and traps to go with it. Any time you alter or restrict or change what some other person or group wants to say or express you are conducting censorship. Even when a news outlet decided to narrow down a focus of a story and not cover all of it, they are participating in censorship. So is this good or bad?
Well in my opinion it is both, even if you have the most pure and unbiased heart, once you are making a decision of what words or ideas and meanings you will block or refuse to allow exposure, you are doing some form of harm at the same time you believe you are doing good. You have to operate under that knowledge or you are deluding yourself and others as to your role in messaging and delivery of thoughts and ideas and beliefs.
There are countless unintended consequences to censorship. As an example I offer Donald trump, the news media made the choice to drastically cover only certain aspects of the Trump campaign from day 1, their choices and censorship and to a lesser degree their editing of comments to push a dishonest agenda all made Donald Trump's eventual win possible. Without the media censorship, Trump would not be the President today.
Now some may say that result was a good one and some may say that is not, my point is not if you feel the results of censorship was personally "good or bad" the point in the censorship itself and the unintended consequences because we all know this is not the result the media wanted.
And that brings me back to the fact all censorship is good and bad at the same time. Sometimes that good or bad can be small, such as censoring a rabid anonymous poster on the internet who is vile and making nasty personal attacks on other members seems like a good thing, but what if that site was the only outlet for someone to vent their negative emotions and once that outlet was removed they then take their frustrations out on their child or go out and shoot a cop instead? We have to realize that some people are holding onto sanity with the thinnest of threads and something as small as censoring their expression may be all that is needed to push them over the edge.
Now does that mean the censoring entity is the cause of the intended bad that follows, no, of course not, but we need to remember that our actions even when justified and believed to be "good" can lead to bad things happening. Even if all you did was hurt someone's feelings that is a major bad result because who knows how that one act of hurt feelings can domino into much larger issues and spreading bad results? How will this now hurt human being respond to their feelings being hurt? Maybe they pass that on to others?
Censorship is never 100% good, there is always a down side no matter how small that down side may seem at the time.
But does that mean censorship is not necessary? A resounding and loud NO! Censorship is needed in the human world because we are driven by emotions and perceptions more than facts and logic. You do not just tell your wife her ass is getting fat, you censor yourself for both the feelings of your wife but also yourself because many women will cut off your head if you tell them their ass is getting fat. We lie about her fat ass because in society we do not want to "fat shame" women and drive them to depression and bad weight loss habits. We censor ourselves millions of times every year in one way or another. When your boss says something stupid, when you stub your toe and do not want to cuss in front of your children, when you are speaking to a cop and do not want to incriminate yourself. There is no end to the variety of ways censorship impacts us every day.