THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP IN OUR SOCIETY

kristech
3 min readJun 30, 2022

OVERVIEW

When talking about social media censorship these days, most people are referring to censorship of political views. Both conservatives and liberals have claimed they are being targeted for having specific political opinions.

Yet, there are many aspects of social media censorship that most people can agree are necessary. Not allowing hate speech or harassment, for example, is very important for helping everyone stay safe online. There are also concerns about nudity and obscenity which are not covered under the first amendment.

The trouble comes when social media platforms take it upon themselves to determine what is misinformation and what isn’t. Most people don’t trust these companies to have an unbiased opinion, particularly when it comes to hot-button political issues.

Social media platforms have increasingly become a hotbed for political discourse — with opinions ranging from the farthest flung left to the alt-right — leaving companies to sort through what represents a violation of their terms of service.

The events of Jan. 6, 2021, and the subsequent platform bans placed on former President Donald Trump for his role real or perceived reinvigorated legislative debate largely centered on two types of bills: anti-censorship bills and those that would draw hard lines around the responsibilities of social media companies to moderate their online communities.

THE IMPACT OF CENSORSHIP IN SOCIAL LIFE

Everyone is impacted by social media censorship, whether they’re aware of it or not. Even if your post hasn’t been taken down, you’ve probably been prevented from seeing someone else’s posts and the algorithms may limit your engagement if your content is flagged. And if your post has been taken down, you may face a time when your account is suspended.

SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP IS NOT INEVITABLE PROBLEMS TO HUMANITY.

Amidst the complexity of the issues facing social media companies today, one fact must be acknowledged: nobody is happy. Facebook, Twitter, and others are accused of doing too little to combat hate speech and misinformation and acting as politicised tools of a widespread “cancel culture” that is damaging free speech.

The emergence of Solcial Web3 social network raises the possibility of a radical alternative social media

At the core, core, the platform seeks to promote freedom of speech. However, some content is not a matter of freedom of speech and is illegal in all jurisdictions. This includes child porn, terrorism, hate speech, doxxing, fraudulent post, and nazi posts, among others.

However, Solcial cannot ultimately delete the content. As such, if a content creator and their followers deem reported content meaningful, they will continue seeing it and can continue pinning it to their IPFS nodes and broadcast it, albeit at a slower bandwidth. This democratising potential is a core feature of blockchain technology

ABOUT SOLCIAL:

Solcial is a permissionless social network that gives users the power of web3 by allowing people to interact with each other without fearing censorship, and allowing content creators to be rewarded fairly at market value.

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