How many times have you made a post on a website or social media and it gets removed or you get banned because you said something people disagree with. Well I’ve had it happen in small groups but never on anything major until here recently, and I realized that whereas websites definitely do have the right to censor, our platforms like social media where we are putting our thoughts and opinions out there definitely shouldn’t be doing it (they do have the right and that right shouldn’t be taken from them however). Who gets to decide what the “right” opinion is? So I started looking into decentralization of social media to promote free speech, but what I found definitely wasn’t what I expected. I found quite a few of these platforms wouldn’t connect with “free speech zones” apparently they believed free speech promoted Nazism (ironic I realize), and many others promoted free speech but with an asterisk and a million rules on what you can and can’t say.
Being censored feels terrible, when you want to speak your mind and defend yourself that’s not allowed, honestly it’s a terrible feeling and I don’t think anyone should have to deal with that. Selectively picking sides and deciding what people are allowed to see is well, actual Nazism/Fascism. Honestly none of that sat well with me, I decided to open up a mastodon instance, which gives you access to well over a million other federated users which are users on other social media websites that support connecting to other websites through things such as OStatus and ActivityPub.Your information is stored on our website (encrypted), and other websites don’t have any control over your account, they can censor you from their website but they cannot stop you from posting your content and speaking your mind here. So as you build up followers and start a community, you never have to worry about saying the wrong thing and losing access to it all.
If you are still interested we have only have two rules, it has to be legal under US law (nothing I can do here), and no spam (over the next few weeks I will define spam in detail so that we don’t end up with any slippery slopes), you can sign up here or on the link on our sidebar. Thanks for the read and hopefully we can help promote free speech more, and stop this movement of censorship that has been steadily increasing around the world.