posted on May, 5 2020 @ 10:20 AM
In a time where large tech giants have become the self-appointed arbiters of truth, I understand more and more just how important it is to have places
like ATS which allow free speech from all sides. That is especially true of all times now, because it seems multiple new cases of censorship occur
every day. I don't even use large social media platforms and I still see it happening on a constant basis. Regardless of political positions, I think
most here can agree we all have a right to share our opinion rather than allow highly biased companies decide which voices should be suppressed and
what information people should be allowed to see.
We don't play those sorts of games on ATS, as long as you're respectful then ATS allows all sides of an argument. Imagine that for a concept, being
allowed to digest any information and making up our own mind rather than allowing corporations to tell us what is fake or real because we're too dumb
to decide. Sure I've seen some minor problems with censorship on ATS but no system is perfect and when compared to other social media platforms there
is a massive difference. There's no doubt I would have been shadow banned from Facebook and Twitter a long time ago if I had used them, especially now
with my opinions on Covid-19.
Some times I wonder how much longer ATS will last in current times, and I'm sure the owners sometimes have that concern because more and more we're
seeing conspiracies being compared to extremism. The entire premise is based on this delusional idea that fake news from bots is going to fool us all
into doing things like elect Trump, so it's really a political agenda. ATS mods are impartial for the most part, yes there are mods I often disagree
with but they don't censor me, and there are also mods which I often agree with. The same applies to the members here, we many have political opinions
from all sides.
ATS often gets portrayed as some sort of alt-right haven, and while it does attract a lot of conservatives, there is also a large base of people who
are more socialist and support people like Bernie Sanders. I know this because they show up in nearly every political thread I write lol. But if I
didn't want my opinions challenged I wouldn't post here, true growth can only come through having your ideas challenged. It's not like we get a
massive amount of attention for writing a good thread, even the best thread might get a few hundred flags at most compared to the thousands or
millions of likes and shares possible on large social media platforms.
However I still find it rewarding because I know at least my ideas were shared with some people instead of being censored, and it will remain on the
internet for anyone to find in the future. It's always nice to be researching a topic and you find an old thread which contains a lot of great
information. I know there are a lot of other places around the internet which allow free speech, but ATS has been around almost since the beginning of
the internet and it's always been my primary platform for conspiracy topics. ATS has helped me understand the world in a way that most people don't
and I will always appreciate that.
edit on 5/5/2020 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)