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.
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.
President Trump has already made the case against online censorship in much more elegant words in his 5/28/20 Executive Order. This order also attempts 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. 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.