All social media have a policy, through which they decide what can be said and who gets an audience. Privacy and free speech are dead, ever-changing policies have become the world’s conscience.
BEST SOCIAL MEDIA
We were all discussing which social media was best, which one was better for each task.
Then, it happened.
At a certain point, it happened. Socials took the wrong turn.
Social media – How the world was changed forever
Abruptly, the world became smaller – everyone could get in contact with anyone else, everyone could see every moment of his friends’ life. But there was something more: one could interact with a stranger located thousands of miles away.
Never-seen-before information began circulating, local groups got a voice inside their communities, newspapers were aghast and losing money fast.
Politicians were taken by surprise and lost elections.
Ideas propagated fast – without any control by newspapers, politicians and so on.
A single person could mould the future of his local community – maybe even of the world.
Everyone could choose the social she/he thought would foster her/his ideas best.
Firms, even small ones – entrepreneurs and consultants included – could do business on a large scale.
Social networks – How they were changed forever
Facebook became a giant. YouTube, Twitter, and so on. And Google, even if Google is not a social media.
They became powerful, very powerful.
Unfortunately, they were firms. Just firms with a policy. If you adhered to that policy, you were a good guy. Otherwise you would get penalties or even be expelled.
The problem: they were born as general purpose tools; they were controlled by a few people.
Their purpose: first, to do business and get money, then to decide what was acceptable and what was not.
This is what they are doing now: they decide what can be said – or heard – and who can speak – or get an audience.
Social media’s evolution has reached a new step: platforms are now the master of information. They have changed forever: from tools, to masters.
Best social media?
It does not matter, not as long as you are not entitled to free speech.
Free speech is dead, ever-changing policies have become the world’s conscience.
The best social media is the one allowing freedom of speech. If one took the main social media into consideration, one would say there is no best social at all.
Your social network and freedom of speech
I bet you experienced it at least thrice in your life: someone did not like your post, therefore your platform took some action against you.
Sometimes, that someone was your social network: you received some communication stating you were in breach of its policy – maybe even giving you a generic link to the entire policy. Mind: its policy, not the law of the land.
Basically, the social network is deciding what you can say.
Privacy is dead
It has become worse. More often than not, your social media ask you for your mobile number of even your ID card or passport. It says it needs it for security reasons.
The problem being, you are sending your personal data to some unseen operator, maybe even in a foreign country.
Which country? Usually the USA, maybe Russia or some local company in the UE.
Everyone knows a copy of your ID card and your mobile number can be used to steal your identity. So, what about security?
What about your privacy?
Your platform is seemingly not interested in your security at all. Otherwise, it would take the above-mentioned steps only in exceptional cases. As it is, this may happen – it happened to me:
- You comment on a post by an influencer – one who has convictions anyone knows are controversial
- After a while, you get blocked and get a request to verify your account with a mobile number. Why? Because you are in breach of their policy. They send you a link to their policy, without specifying your “crime”. Bingo! You are done.
- BTW, this is the very first time you get such a message in many years of operations.
This is not about security, this is about free speech and privacy.
As tools have become our master, we should be leaving all main social media en masse.
Unfortunately, this is not happening. Not yet.
Unfortunately, the world was changed forever – and there are no alternatives.
If you – or your firm – are not on Facebook, your ideas or products are nothing.
We are surrendering everything:
- Our ideas, for we are very careful about what we write down these days – to no avail, since censorship is getting worse by the day
- Our security
- Our privacy
- The right to free speech. This right, no policy has the right to curb
- Our right to balanced elections, where everyone can express her/his opinion
- The right to make known unknown pieces of news, for nowadays you risk being labeled a fake news spreader
- Our right to quality news, for now newspapers have pages on social media – no one knows why, but they are considered the keeper of truth.
The big social networks have exaggerated. As so many people are becoming disgusted, people have begun migrating to minor socials – or leaving conventional socials.
I would say an exodus from social media has begun. It is going to grow bigger and bigger.
It’s about time.
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