"I have no idea what happened during the early 2010s. I grew up during the late 90s (born in late 80s) learning about the internet and its philosophies. Allowing Free speech still is the hill I'd like to die on. But the new generation of people, even here on HN and the internet hacker personalities I used to align with have turned so pro-censorship that I don't believe I'm in a proper reality/timeline anymore."
I don't know if it's generational or partisan. I've seen people far more technical than me who've been on the Internet longer than I was voice their support for regulations, restrictions, censorship and so on. For some, it could be having kids that shifted their position.