Freedom of Speech in PerspectiveThe issue of censoring social media has been rather prominent in recent times. The growth in the influence of platforms like Facebook and Twitter also means a growth in harmful, inaccurate, and deliberately-inciting content. In the wake of the alleged meddling of the Russian government in the 2016 United States elections, several countries have taken steps to moderate content on social media platforms. Some of these countries have taken their content moderation steps to the extreme and even targeted the press as well. One of those countries is Australia, where competing news agencies in the country have now banded together to protest press censorship and government secrecy efforts.
What Do You Do, Canada?The Canadian government might not be as hostile to the members of its press but, considering the numerous scandals that current Prime Minister Trudeau has been mired in (including accusations of sexual harassment, appearing in blackface, corruption, and gross incompetence), it wouldn’t be shocking to see him curb press freedom — both physically and on social media — in the future. Bitcoin and the technology that powers it possess the principles of immutability and decentralization— and these could be the saving grace for Canadians in case the Trudeau administration enforces a censorship campaign on the press and social media. Chinese students have used the blockchain to preserve content the government desperately wants to keep away from the citizens. By placing it on the blockchain, the content becomes permanent and available in the public domain — far away from any central authority who wants to censor it. Decentralized platforms are also springing up as an alternative to popular media outlets. The likes of Steemit, Sola, Minds, Diaspora, and Mastodon provide users with more control over their content — and freedom from the establishment is assured. It is still too early to see how Trudeau’s social media censorship campaign will go. However, in the event that things become dire, we will always have hope in Bitcoin to save the day. Do you think Bitcoin could lead the charge against media censorship in Canada? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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