posted on Jan, 9 2021 @ 06:21 AM
What you point out isn't even a conspiracy; it's cold, hard fact.
Honestly, in my opinion, monopolies WRT to social media are much less of a concern than the phone platforms. This idea of that Google and Apple can
conspire to ban an application like Parler (of which I'm not a member BTW) is very dangerous.
There /are/ alternatives to Android and IOS, as there are open source phone platforms out there, but they are not very user friendly for those not
technically-inclined, and they don't have the breadth of applications available that are in the Play Store or App Store. Even worse, the big telecos
(Verizon, AT&T) are linked at the hip with the two main phone platforms, so there pretty much IS no alternative for customers to steer clear of Google
or Apple phone platforms unless one is into DIY.
IDK, I am taking a hard look at divesting myself of Google altogether, which would of seemed preposterous a few years ago.
The reality is I already have my own SMTP and email infrastructure up, and I simply forward those accounts to my GMail, which I could stop doing that
in a matter of minutes and be off of GMail.
I already have all my documents, photos, music accessible securely from my home via SSH/SFTP. I am my own "cloud" so I don't need Drive or Docs or
Photos, although that inhibits my ability to share and have content shared with me. It can be done, with some work.
There is DuckDuckGo as a search alternative.
Decoupling from Android and the Play Store is the biggest headache. Doable, but not easily.
I have always been a big fan of Googles from their early most days as innovators, but can't and won't in good faith continue to patronize companies
that condone censorship and deliberately align themselves, politically speaking.