Tyrannical leaders seeking to control populations have long understood the power of controlling the narratives that drive society. As human beings, the knowledge we have informs our worldview and dictates what we think is possible, moral, or desirable - which influences how we behave. So, control of information via propaganda and censorship remains one of the primary tools of power-hungry authoritarians.
“To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” — Voltaire
Today, information represents the most heated battleground between the financial elites agenda for global domination and those seeking freedom. While 90% of American mainstream media is controlled by only 5 media companies as of 2011, the rise of independent, alternative media on platforms has challenged that domination. (Note: What are some real freedom platforms- facebook does not challenge anything that is different from what the mainstream wants.) Where the banker/corporatocracy controlled media is known for spreading false, manipulative and disempowering narratives, the Internet has allowed individuals and organizations like ours to spread truth, positivity, and knowledge about solutions to humanity's biggest problems.
Unfortunately, this rise of independent truth media is now being censored by those who want to continue monopolizing public discourse. The big tech companies including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit are silencing alternative voices. They are de-platforming, shadow-banning, and de-monetizing individuals and organizations that challenge the status quo. These platforms no longer represent fair and open forums for public conversation.
Our ability to create a Thriving World fundamentally depends on our ability to share truth, unique insights and controversial perspectives. It is critical that we support the individuals, organizations and decentralized social platforms that uphold free speech and independent media. Critical thinking requires exposure to different opinions. Any monopoly on the narrative will undermine the innovation and solutions that are needed.
What is in the way of decentralized social networks succeeding?
Following the money, why are the big 3 social networks propping up mainstream media?
Being “private platforms” is it Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube’s right to censor content?
What is Section 230 Reform? Will it really help protect free speech on the internet?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. They work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
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