So­cial-me­dia cen­sor­ship

Jamaica Gleaner - - FEATURE - Steve Lys­ton

THE BIRTHING of so­cial me­dia is the re­sult of the sup­pres­sion of truth by main­stream me­dia. So we have seen the birth and growth of Face­book, Twit­ter, YouTube, In­sta­gram, Snapchat, What­sApp, and all the other so­cial me­dia. But lately, it seems that the very rea­son for which so­cial me­dia was raised up has be­come the very thing they are fight­ing down. They have be­come what they were stand­ing against.

Face­book, as one of the most prom­i­nent in the so­cial-me­dia group, has cre­ated what it calls ‘Com­mu­nity Stan­dards’. It has been block­ing thou­sands of peo­ple be­cause of their views, so if you write any­thing pro­fam­ily, pro-life, pro-Je­sus or ‘proany­thing good’, then it is deemed ‘hate speech’ or ‘bul­ly­ing’, and you will be blocked and re­stricted or your ac­count will be deleted! The views of such per­sons are no longer shared, but ev­ery­one else’s are, and that in it­self is them do­ing what they say they are tak­ing a stand against. So there is no longer free speech or the re­spect­ing of an­other’s cul­ture, re­li­gion or be­liefs ac­cord­ing to the UN Char­ter hon­oured by 193 coun­tries.

HATE SPEECH?

We have a right to life, but talk­ing about that has now be­come hate speech. Even if some­one says that pros­ti­tu­tion is wrong, it is deemed hate speech and is blocked, and the speak­ers are deemed fun­da­men­tal­ists, big­ots or bul­lies. Mean­while, they are, as it were, shov­ing per­ver­sion, lewd acts and per­sonal vi­o­la­tions daily, putting our chil­dren at risk spir­i­tu­ally and phys­i­cally. Vi­o­lence and nu­dity they have no prob­lem with. The ques­tion is, are they re­ally de­fend­ing free­dom of speech, or do they sim­ply want to re­ject views that don’t agree with theirs?

I am cu­ri­ous to know how Je­sus’ speech in John

6:54-56 would have been dealt with by so­cial me­dia. Maybe it would be con­sid­ered bul­ly­ing? Maybe Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech would then be con­sid­ered hate speech against white peo­ple, the wealthy, and the fi­nan­cial in­dus­try, since it in­cludes state­ments such as, “We can­not be sat­is­fied as long as the Ne­gro’s ba­sic mo­bil­ity is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be sat­is­fied as long as our chil­dren are stripped of their adult­hood and robbed of their dig­nity by signs stat­ing ‘For Whites Only’.” Maybe one of Bob Mar­ley’s songs would be con­sid­ered hate speech against law en­force­ment? Here is an­other ques­tion, how long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look? (Bob Mar­ley).

DE­LIB­ER­ATE CEN­SOR­SHIP

There are many churches, Chris­tians and non-Chris­tians alike, that are be­ing cen­sored for what they write/share/ like. They have even come against Franklin Gra­ham, who was re­cently sus­pended from Face­book for tak­ing a stand for his bib­li­cal be­liefs. Then, they re­scinded the ban be­cause news of it went vi­ral. In ad­di­tion to that, CBN News re­ported re­cently, “If Ap­ple doesn’t like your type of speech or news con­tent, they will ban it. That’s what Ap­ple’s CEO Tim Cook re­cently told the An­tiDefama­tion League.”

A GOD COM­PLEX

The suc­cess that so­cial-me­dia gi­ants have ex­pe­ri­enced has caused them to think of them­selves as gods. So they func­tion like those in Daniel 5 who play the mu­sic and say “bow” and the peo­ple must bow or else they will face the fire. What they don’t know is that no giant is too big to fall and that if God can al­low them suc­cess, then He can al­low them to fall and can raise up new peo­ple who will do it right! Ev­ery main­stream me­dia house needs to watch this de­vel­op­ment. The cen­sor­ing of truth has birthed so­cial me­dia, and now that so­cial me­dia is cen­sor­ing the truth, some­thing else is about to be birthed. We can­not have suc­cess without the peo­ple, and when we be­gin to cen­sor truth and re­place it with po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, we may be­gin to see bold, new jour­nal­ists who will rise and cre­ate their own me­dia houses to en­sure that the truth is told. Of­ten­times, jour­nal­ists get the blame when it is those who gov­ern them – the me­dia-house own­ers and ex­ec­u­tives, as well as the gov­ern­ment poli­cies by which they are guided – that should. We need other in­vestors to cre­ate other me­dia plat­forms so that all sides can be heard/read.

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