Censorship And The Death of ‘Big Social’ Media

Censorship And The Death of ‘Big Social’ Media
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Social media fads change just like social trends do because it’s really hard to stay cool forever. Big boys like Facebook and Twitter will eventually fall just like MySpace did in the early 2000’s. The only real question is what will come next? Some experts have speculated that smaller communication apps like snap chat will take over. Other experts have thought that social media will die off by something completely new and undiscovered.

Although these speculations may be accurate, it seems for the time being that ‘big social’ is going to be replaced by ‘free social’.

What’s happening to Twitter and Facebook right now is exactly what happened to MySpace but for different reasons. MySpace lost traction due to the fact it started making massive ad placements that hindered the site’s usability. This new advertisement agitated users, and they looked for something simpler and easier to use – hence, Facebook.

Facebook and Twitter, on the other hand, aren’t necessarily breaking their usability due to too many ads, although that is also up for debate. It’s that these ‘big social’ companies are starting to hinder users by impeding free speech.

Twitter was the first of these two megaliths to come under fire for censorship. The company started deleting popular conservative accounts such as Breitbart journalist, Milos Yiannapoulus (Sorry, but not sorry Leslie). Citing reasons such as harassment and online bullying despite the fact many other reports of liberals who have made racist or harassing statements staying intact.

Twitter has also removed many conservative hashtags from the trending hashtag widget. These attempts at targeting censorship have uncovered the inherent political bias of Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey (who consistently posts support for liberal political movements and “social justice”).

 

 

Facebook was less aggressive on it’s censorship until recently by participating in the ‘fake news’ hysteria. Obama and other politicans have targeted Facebook by saying that allowing users to publish what they consider to be ‘fake news’ had a particularly adverse reaction to the most recent U.S. election. Due to these claims Facebook has stated that they will develop “tools” to fight fake news.

The problem with the ‘fake news’ claim is that who decides what fake news is? Companies like Facebook can have extreme power by determining news to be fake if it doesn’t suit their personal or company agendas. Twitter can also censor hashtags and prevent important stories from breaking that may go against their agendas.

With this apparent ‘corporate-disneyesque-cenorship’ it’s no surprise that new social media companies that allow free speech will overthrow the old giants. Companies like Gab, which is still in beta testing has already attracted hundreds of thousands of users. The company’s premise is simple that they will not censor their users unless it steps outside of the boundaries of the U.S law.

I predict in the near future that Gab and similar companies will take over the social media world by storm. Social media is about what’s cool and what’s useful. There just isn’t anything cool about censorship, fear of bad words and not allowing people to express their opinions.

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Trevor Freeman is a 30 year old entrepreneur, pianist, motorcyclist and philosophy buff. Follow him on twitter @trevorjfreeman.

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