Once the governments and the social media battle it out and social media will be banned or limited in your area, what will your daily life look like?
Are you addicted to the likes and views and need the constant fix of pseudo fandom, or are you merely relying on the social giants to deliver your favorite mainstream and alternate news content to keep you informed?
Either you might need a new hobby or quickly sign up for your favorite sites’ email lists or their other recommended alternative distribution methods!
Suppose you’ve been paying attention to the goings-on in France and Australia lately. In that case, you might have noticed the moves made by these countries to reign in big techs corporate power when it comes to disseminating and monetize news to ensure that they are getting a cut of ad revenue proceeds via taxes.
It is changing the online landscape.
In Facebook’s latest move to completely shut off, among other things, news content from all users in Australia, the Aussies will find themselves in a position to answer the question, perhaps it’s a good thing, or it’s the beginning of alternatives popping up around the internet.
Is this censorship or just business vs. government shenanigans that regular people are getting caught up or is it the beginning of something new?
I might take this opportunity to shamelessly plug (see the infobox at the bottom of the article) our contribution to the Federated and Decentralized Mastodon network that gives you a “Twitter” application without the possibility of getting cut off. However, all nodes have different rules for their community so behave.
Chime in the comments section below to let us know how you think all this will turn out!