How to Put an End to Censorship for Good
Considering the centralized structure of Web2 social media sites, would we see censorship reappear even if we abolish present censorship policies? Is human censoring a foregone conclusion when given the opportunity? We should talk about it.
Ending Censorship - Forever!
There appears to be a general consensus that censorship on the internet, particularly on social media sites, has to be reduced. With the possibility for new administration and new regulations, some believe that just repairing Web2 centralized platforms like Facebook or Twitter would suffice. They believe that a savior will come, halt the censoring craziness, and social networks will once again be uncensored and open to everyone.
At Solcial, we aren't so sure. Web2 systems have a fundamental flaw with their centralized architecture, and this is causing a lot of confusion. If censorship is so simple on contemporary social media platforms, would the censors even realize they are doing it? Asking the present CEOs of Facebook and Twitter, for example, would lead you to assume that neither company believes it is stifling alternative viewpoints. In the name of "protecting the user" or "controlling incorrect information," the major internet companies defend their censoring practices. Many others, on the other hand, see this as censorship.
There are times when it's difficult to tell who's doing the filtering and when it's very evident who's being censored. As a result, censorship may spread from one group to the next. Because of this, censorship seems to be on the rise. Humans have always engaged in some type of self-censorship. The present difficulty is that one party views their side as being censored, yet may later restrict the other side if they attain power and want retribution. As if this isn't obvious enough: What is in our human DNA that drives us to continue to oppress after we have been oppressed?
How can we be sure that censorship will not reappear even if we remove it from social media? Web2 platforms have their origins in centralization and are controlled by a small group of people. That is until new persons in positions of authority who are not as committed to free speech replace the old ones. How, in the end, will free expression be safeguarded? Because it's not protected by any central authority, that's the quick answer. Decentralization is the only way to ensure freedom of expression, regardless of who controls it. Rather of the super-minority wielding authority over the super-majority as on centralized platforms, empower the users and design a structure that puts them in charge.
There are several examples of censorship and persecution that may be cited. Look at how power has been abused and how apparently respectable people have been compelled to sacrifice their principles. Let's imagine if, rather than re-enacting the past by re-inventing social media, we re-invented it from the ground up using the ideas of decentralization and longevity.
There are many who believe that this is all a dream. They believe that the few will always have the greatest power, and that the only path ahead is to centralize everything. That's not how we view things. It's clear that things are about to change, that people want more freedom, and that the technology (blockchain) is now ready for prime time. It may seem straightforward, but we must now construct it. But doing this right is the most critical thing we can accomplish together as a team. The citizens of Solcial will benefit from the construction of the town. For the sake of future generations, we're building censorship-resistant features right into the software itself. Anyone may call themselves a “founder” of Solcial, but it doesn't matter since the focus is on you, the user.
This is how we put a stop to censorship for good.
Users of Solcial will be given the power of web3 by being able to engage with each other without fear of censorship, and content producers will be compensated properly at market value.