General commentary on local, world, and other events.

Trying times for the Internet

2018-03-22T17:24:34.000-07:00

Authors:
Carl Burks

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

-- Martin Niemöller: "First they came for the Socialists..."

Yesterday Reddit made an announcement banning several legal activities:

Reddit Announcement

Today YouTube follow suit with:

YouTube Policies on Content featuring firearms

YouTube did not go after as many things, but it is concerning to have two major sites which act as a public forum silence topics.

Google was once the company of "Don't Be Evil" is this censorship evil? Is it wrong to silence an entire topic?

Aaron Swartz paid a high price for making knowledge public. He published the following article which questions those that wish to keep knowledge from the masses.

While I don't have an interest in swapping cigars, beer, scotch, or purchasing firearms it is infuriating that these companies are flip-flopping and supporting censorship of legal activities. This leaves us wondering who or what activity is next. Should we continue using these sites? Removing all of the services I use from Alphabet would be difficult, but sometimes taking a stand isn't an easy activity. This is something I will carefully consider. To that end, I have removed all my YouTube and Reddit content. I will begin entertaining new service providers.