Facebook and Twitter can’t censor you.

Facebook, Twitter, service xyz, can’t censor you. I have seen this said so many times recently that I just had to say something. Yes, of course they can remove you from their platform and they can censor what you post on their platform. They cannot, however, silence you. They are only removing your ability to use them to communicate. This is different from losing the ability to say what you want. This is not government censorship, this is platforms (companies) and the collective people who run those platforms expressing their own freedom of expression by preventing you from saying whatever it is that you want to say.

Think of this on a very small scale. You could try to post something to my blog such as an advertisement. I have every right to remove your post regardless of what it says. This doesn’t change as soon as 2 people write to the same blog, or 10 or 100 or 1,000,000. It is still our blog and we can do what we want with it.

If your message is so powerful that these services don’t want you posting on them, post it elsewhere. That we collectively complain about these platforms rather than taking our communication elsewhere only makes them stronger. The Internet is still as broad and deep as it ever was. It is people who have a myopic view of it who have limited it to these several services. If you do not have a presence on Twitter you aren’t relevant? Says who? All the sheep who do nothing but Twitter and Facebook all day?

Seriously though. 90% of Facebook is people reposting memes. Your message can be heard better elsewhere.

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