Social & Search Censorship; They Aren't Your Websites

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There's a real fear among conservatives about their ability to get their message out on social media websites. Even for non-conspiracy minded individuals, the fear is understandable. More and more, the news we receive and websites we browse are determined by what's put in front of us through social media companies and search giants, and those entities select the content we see based on algorithms we don't understand.

It's scary. It's Orwellian. There's nothing we can do about it.

The important thing to remember is that these aren't our websites. They don't belong to the people. They aren't the courthouse square where anyone with something to say can stand with a sign.

These are private companies, and if they want to send certain viewpoints to the back ally, ban them altogether, or team up with certain governments to promote a point of view, there's not a thing we can do about it if that's what they want to do.

But this isn't any different than it's ever been for media in a free country. Fox News gives you conservative viewpoints. MSNBC gives you liberal ones. They censor around their editorial viewpoints all day, every day, simply because they can and that's what they've found attracts viewers.

That's why it's important for those with opposing viewpoints to do what they've always done: keep pressure on media companies for fairness by calling out bias where it exists, and then develop alternative ways of getting information out.

There are still some of us that consider free speech to be more important than any culture war battle. We can disagree fiercely on immigration, war, abortion and everything in between, and yet be 100 percent united when it comes to promoting free speech.

For those if us in that camp, our most important task is to educated others on how the information they receive every single day is chosen by computers programmed by someone else who may or may not have an agenda deciding what they get to see. We have to educate them on what media bias looks like and how it operates. We have to stand up against government censorship of speech.

The rest will take care of itself. Movements with attraction will find a way to get their message out. It just might not be via the media that exists today.

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