More Americans are realizing that social media and its offshoots are not promoting free speech but filtering and channeling Americans thoughts and opinions and removing any comments that might prove dangerous to the leftist policies seeking to control the free exchange of peaceful ideas between all citizens.
The Warwick Advertiser uses Disqus to monitor, moderate all comments entered following many letters to the Editor and local stories, there is no appeal of the moderators decisions.
As an active participant for many months, I have noted numerous comments from right wing or right of center participants being initially accepted and then, poof, they’re gone. On the reverse side, I’ve seen stuff coming from the left side, strong insults against our president, his advisers and policies accepted as gospel truth.
I also have seen that when the overwhelming commentary from the right wing goes against the lefts opinions those entire articles, comments and all just disappear. By allowing social media to be the arbiter of our opinions, we are ceding all our thoughts to the new slide to the political left.
We hear/see in the news of the various manipulations of these Silicon Valley commissars and a strong wind is blowing through government to set up some ethical controls to these social networks, these Disqus comments.
I think it is time to stop putting our thoughts, dreams and opinions through the Disqus political filtration system and see if there are any honest, open platforms where we can discuss all issues openly.
Disqus wants us to think it is giving a platform, blackboard to tell the world what we think, but as we write, they hold the eraser, ready to remove our thoughts if they endanger the raison d’être of Disqus.
There is, to my mind, only one newspaper in our valley that since its conception has been totally non partisan and prints all sides of every subject and it is this paper, the Warwick Valley Dispatch.