Free speech is you and I having a free conversation about what might be harmful and what might not be. Censorship is SOMEONE ELSE deciding what is harmful and forcing us to have that view. I can't believe this is actually happening in America. Protect your free speech now!!
Above: Facebook is doing it, too. This is a screenshot of a post from one of my own friends! They will let me see the link, but not without their own interference.
2021: CENSORSHIP PHASE TWO
Censorship in America continues in 2021 with Cancel Culture and self-censorship. Companies are scared and are self-censoring lest they be labeled racist, white supremacist, etc. People are reluctant to post controversial stuff on Facebook lest they be fact checked or banned. We need to live in freedom, not fear.
The Epoch Times has written an excellent article titled, "Communist Tactics to Force Self-Censorship Sweeping America". (You have to sign up for a free account to read the article but it is well worth it.) I'll plan to post related articles when I find them.
DON'T RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT
There's been a lot of calls for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to reform, but despite all the politics and even lawsuits, by March 2021 really nothing has been done.
UPDATE: This article by Paul Bischoff reviews "the major web censorship issues that President Biden will face during his next four years in office including Section 230, open access to research, and policing misinformation on social media": Where does President Biden stand on internet censorship? (2/24/2021).
Both Republicans and Democrats continue to be part of the problem. We're not going to give up trying to get help from government, but it's now obvious that we can do so much more OURSELVES. Technology is part of the problem but also can be part of the solution! They are clever, but we can be even more clever! This year I'm going to work on ways you and I can fight back, and as I have time, I'll be posting them here. (You are also welcome to contact me with your own ideas.) Stay tuned!!
Rough ideas so far (to be filled in): Alternative news sources, alternative platforms, small business support (versus Walmart and Amazon), cryptocurrency, MCW, MCW browser fight-back (against ads, fair use copy protection, exclusivity, etc), fight against cancel culture.
Censorship isn't that bad, is it? I mean, nobody wants racism, white supremacy, disinformation, etc. So isn't a little censorship okay? Well, WHO has the power to decide what is censored and what isn't? What if you had a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, and an Athiest. Obviously only one of them is right. But each one will insist that THEY are right. If one of them comes forth, delclares that THEY are the right one, and says the others are wrong and "dangerous," they are essentially acting as God. Human beings are inherently fallable. We may not like it when other people believe what we think is a lie, but we HAVE to let everyone try to seek the truth themselves.
Adolph Hitler thought he was right. He was also a brilliant orator, and he convinced a lot of people. Germany was thriving when people in other countries were literally starving. Today we see Hitler as a terrible person. But back then people liked him a LOT. How is that even possible? Censorship was a KEY component of Nazi Germany.
I recently learned about Kitty Werthmann and was blown away. Read or listen to her story to find out the truth about Hitler's "takeover" of Austria.
I'm still researching this... it's a big mystery! Amongst the Right, the popular conception is that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is getting ready for a takeover of the USA via getting us to accept socialist policies. Socialism, though it has repeatedly failed in history, doesn't seem to be the real enemy here. In fact, China is actually becoming more capitalist, which is the reason for their prosperity. The censorship in China isn't necessarily a socialist or capitalist issue; it's a tactic of dictatorship governments (like Nazi Germany). No one in America wants a dictatorship. In fact, the Democrats' latest partyline is that they are trying to PRESERVE democracy in America. The question is then, why are they encouraging censorship tactics? Where did it come from, and why do they think it is justified? Or are they even aware that their so-called "fact checking" is a form of censorship?
This is different from the Republicans vs Democrats "normal" debate from the 1980s and 1990s. I'm still trying to figure this out. Stay tuned. It might be a while. (Feel free to contact me if you have any thoughts to add!)
(One of my to-do's: Research "Cultural Marxism" and Victimhood. (But again, why would the Left feel they need to resort to such tactics?))
2020 NEWS (CENSORSHIP PHASE 1)
Well, I'm not sure what to write here. I'm just a humble Coldwater resident, trying to raise a family, doing the business and events website as a service to the community, not trying to take on the world. But I'm becoming increasingly alarmed at the censorship taking place on the platforms you and I use every day: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. They are just supposed to be a platform where we can publish whatever we want, but increasingly these tech giants have taken it upon themselves to silence opinions that they find "harmful." Thus, they are no longer neutral, but now have an agenda. Thus they can skew what we read in their favor, which might, for example, affect how we vote.
This is extremely dangerous for you, your family, and for America. Baked into our constitution is the First Amendment, the first and most imporant amendment, the one that guarantees free speech. We don't want to loose that! Granted, companies like Facebook are private companies, and they might have the "right" to censor some things on their platform. But times have changed, and now almost everyone in America uses Facebook, so they have a moral responsibility NOT to censor material or interfere in people's private posts. At least they should. If companies like these refuse to listen, we need to LEAVE these platforms and find competitor platforms where our speech won't be censored.
Former President Trump made the case against online censorship in much more elegant words in his 5/28/20 Executive Order. This order also attempted to ban online censorship, but obviously it isn't working so far. This needs to change.
COLDWATER AGAINST CENSORSHIP ONLINE (CACO)
So what can I do to help against this problem? Well, I pay for my own website which is not owned by any of the Tech Giants, nor am I accepting advertising that requires me to limit what I can say. So I can say WHATEVER I WANT here, without fear of censorship or intruding comments. I don't really have the time to be a new news source (other than local news), but I can direct you to platforms and websites where you can find uncensored news and opinions other than mainstream.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN I NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THE OTHER WEBSITES. That is not the point. The point is that you need the freedom to check out the information yourself, and to make your OWN opinion, and NOT have some elite panel of Facebook "fact checkers" form this opinion for you.
WHAT I HAVE SO FAR
I'm still trying to figure all of this out myself. Parler seems to be a viable alternative to Twitter. If you have some links or information that you would like to contribute to this page, feel free to send me a private message to MyColdwater on Parler.
I'm still trying to find the best YouTube and Facebook alternatives. Most of the YouTubers that were mass-deleted on October 15th also have Parler accounts. Search for them by name on Parler and you should be able to find them and where they might be posting their videos now etc.
UPDATE: A lot of alternative news sources seem to be favoring Rumble, a relatively new video platform based in Canada, also promising more revenue to video producers. For a Facebook alternative I've been invited to MeWe. Doesn't have the same "ring" to it as Facebook, but looks promising... still checking it out.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Even though Parler boasts about free speech and are themselves promoting an anti-censorship movement, there's a little bit of talk out there that even Parler might not be completely censorship-free. In any case, some are predicting that Gab may end up the winner. I think it's a good idea to sign up for an account to support them, especially as a backup in case Parler changes.
What's MY favorite "underground" news source? I look at Red Pill 78. He was banned from YouTube but as of 10/29 he has his own website now (kind of like me) where he can say whatever he wants. This is one of the people the mainstream media would say promotes dangerous conspiracy theories. But you probably won't feel that way if you listen to him. He always encourages his listeners to "do their own research." Isn't that what we want? You DON'T HAVE to agree with him. Just listen, and you decide for yourself. Wow, some of the stuff is WAY OUT THERE. (Note: I don't agree with the Q stuff.) But look up the sources for yourself and see if it's true.
What about regular United States news, but presented in a way that isn't so biased? I recommend NTD News. They regularly report on news from China, and the corrupt regime of the Chinese Communist Party. A real eye opener. If you can afford it, you can also subscribe to a printed weekly newspaper from NTD's sister company, the Epoch Times. I actually ENJOY reading the newspaper again, knowing that it's not just a bunch of propaganda and that there's a chance for some real change in this country.
What about you? If you've found some really good information online, let me know! It's time to take America back!
EVEN MORE BACKGROUND
I kind of got involved in this Search for Truth with the coming of the CCP Virus (COVID-19). First I just wanted to help people. Then I discovered that some censorship was taking place. This doesn't mean the virus wasn't real or dangerous, but that we weren't being allowed to make our own decisions on what to do, and that the media was skewing the facts deliberately for political purposes. This was alarming. Hence I started the MyColdwater.com CCP Virus Information Page, and I also started doing my own virus tracking so I could see the numbers for myself and not just a media-sanitized summary.
As the election is getting closer, the stakes are now even higher. Censorship has been done at various waves all summer, but it culminated in a new super-censorship wave around October 15th, involving the now-infamous Hunter Biden Emails. Facebook decided to PRE-censor that news before even having their "panel" review it. Then YouTube deleted a bunch of channels with anyone reporting anything about the Hunter Biden Emails.
Unlike the CCP Virus, which has a lot of uncertainty, the Emails are either authentic or they are not. I'm not saying which way they are. But WE need to see those Emails and decide for ourselves. If the Emails are "fake", WHY are the Tech Giants so scared of these Emails? That's even more reason to check them out.
This is an all-out battle for freedom, folks. That's why I'm trying to do my part to take this on!
It's hard to find the truth these days. In addition to blatant censoring of people like you and me, and censoring other amateur journalists, the mainstream media seems to be censoring in other ways as well, by failing to report critical information. Example is below.