We’ve seen a significant increase in online censorship, to the point where people are starting to feel that there are things they want to say but can’t.
A fundamental tenant of scientific study is to challenge assumptions and assumptions. To use statistics responsibly and accurately, so as not to add bias and distort the numbers for your own benefit.
Albert Einstein said: “Science can flourish only in an atmosphere of free speech”.
Dave Asprey says, “See, when you can’t challenge an existing belief, you can’t do science.”
Maybe I should have seen the red flags. Here are some examples:
A few years ago, an alternative and qualified doctor emailed his subscribers to tell him that his partner had been kicked from MailChimp. As a result, he switched to a more open-minded option called Ontraport. (https://ontraport.com/).
YouTube started blocking everything Misinformation and anti-vaccine content. Of course, let’s be clear, we don’t want to see the proliferation of disinformation.
Recently, a popular yoga teacher posted on Instagram her honest reaction to Britney Spear’s documentary. He was deleted and was threatened with a message stating that his account could be deleted. He said his story did not follow the guidelines of their community. Other women said they had stopped following yoga-related hashtags because the pictures were simply increasing like “gym porn.”
Some account owners avoid being blocked on Instagram and create multiple accounts with similar usernames. Their followers just need to follow or follow their friends in the tight-knit community. This account hopping is a way to beat moderators and paid trolls.
Over the past month, Instagram introduced a pop-up warning stating:
Why this post is covered. We use technology or a review team to identify content that should be covered. This post does not go against our community standards, but may contain images that some people might find offensive. We cover sensitive or potentially graphic content so that people can choose to view it.
There is also a pop-up called ‘False’.
The same false information was examined in another article by fact checkers. There may be small differences. Independent fact-checkers say this information has no factual basis.
Instagram has sneaked in to a new feature. You can go to Settings then Privacy and activate and deactivate your hidden words. Instagram has automatically decided that the default version will be a PG version where some comments are hidden.
On Pinterest, if you’re looking for a phrase like “foods that help fight the flu”. There is only one recipe for chicken soup. The other pins are bad clipart, smoothies, and pharmacy sponsored advertising. I even found a pin for the Halloween cake! You will be greeted with a large, invasive blue warning banner that says:
“Pins on this subject often violate our Community rules, which prohibit harmful medical misinformation. In some cases, we may choose not to display any search results for this topic. If you see any content that you think violates Pinterest’s guidelines, please report it to us. Our policies and application guidelines are informed by internationally recognized institutions including the CDC, WHO and AAP. If you are seeking medical advice, please contact a health care provider.
With the recent tech blackout of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsUp, Telegram creator Pavel Durov said “more than 70 million refugees from other platforms” have joined his messaging service.
There is a large group of nurses and frontline workers who post their personal experiences and their patients’ stories on Telegram. Unfortunately, these skilled professionals are concerned about current practices and fear losing their jobs and livelihoods.
I started to wonder:
- Who decides what is classified as scientific disinformation?
- Do they consult qualified professionals working in the industry?
- How is this content peer reviewed?
- Who are these gatekeepers and moderators?
So maybe it’s time to reconsider where we get our sources of information from and who funds their advertising. Maybe it’s time to break away from some of those overzealous social media platforms and tech companies.
Alternative online platforms
Maybe now is a good time to explore other online platforms like these:
bitch: BitChute is a peer-to-peer content sharing platform and associated services. BitChute aims to put creators first and provide them with a service they can use to thrive and freely express their ideas. Bitchute website: https://www.bitchute.com/
Courageous: Brave Browser is a fast, private and secure web browser for PC, Mac and mobile. Download now to enjoy a faster ad-free browsing experience that saves data and battery life by blocking tracking software. Courageous Website: https://brave.com/
Brighteon: All content posted on this website is comment or opinion and is protected by freedom of expression. Brighton website: https://www.brighteon.com/
Gab: A social network that defends freedom of expression, individual freedom and the free flow of information online. Everyone is welcome. https://gab.com/
Oydsee: Odysee is a video sharing application based on the open source, decentralized and blockchain-based LBRY network. Using this LBRY network as a base gives Odysee several distinct advantages over centralized video sharing platforms where a single company controls the data. These benefits include greater resistance to censorship, lower fees on tips and donations, and greater transparency. Oydsee website: https://odysee.com/
Speaking: Parler is a social network for freedom of expression. Impartial social media focused on real user experiences and engagement. Free expression without violence and without censorship. Parler website: https://parler.com/main.php
Proton mail: ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted messaging service founded in 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, by scientists who spent time at the CERN Research Center. ProtonMail uses client-side encryption to protect email content and user data before it is sent to ProtonMail servers, unlike other popular email providers. Proton Mail website: https://protonmail.com/
To scold: Rumble is your video rights management platform. Host, distribute and monetize all your professional, social and viral videos. Rumble website: https://rumble.com/
Telegram: Telegram is a cloud-based cross-platform instant messaging system. The service also provides end-to-end encrypted video calls, VoIP, file sharing and several other features. Telegram protects your messages from hacker attacks. Telegram site: https://telegram.org/
I haven’t joined or tested all of these platforms, so I encourage you to do your own research. Of course, I’ve seen fake news and spam – but unfortunately I’ve seen a lot of it in the mainstream media too. As a result, you have to be careful and skeptical. But I think it’s important to read other people’s views (even if you don’t agree with them) without judgment, so as not to create an echo chamber.
If you want to take advantage and view a more balanced view of content and news, I encourage you to vote with your eyes. Start with just one new platform and try it out for a while – you’ll soon know what is authentic and resonates with you.
Please leave a comment and tell us which alternative platforms you use: