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Censorship Facebook 2020 Twitter Censorship

Censorship Facebook 2020 Twitter Censorship

 

There is no shortage of debate regarding the Coronavirus. Are masks really effective? Are the statistics realistic or inaccurate? Is this a virus that can be spread through the air or just through vapours? Or is it not in the air?

 

This is a pandemic that is affecting the entire world. Of course we’re going to talk about it and of course we’re going to disagree about it. One thing is true though. Without information and education we are never going to get rid of this thing. Without knowing what’s going on or how prevalent the virus is, we are never going to be able to flatten the curve or help prevent more unnecessary deaths.

 

So why is it that Facebook and Twitter are stopping us from having these discussions? If you so much as mention COVID-19 on Facebook you are immediately blocked from posting, and accused of false information. Even if you say “My grandmother died from Covid today”, they tell you it is false information. They don’t know if your grandmother was perfectly healthy, or if she had your mother when she was 16 and she’s only in her fifties now. They don’t know if she had a physical 6 months ago and passed it with flying colours. All they know is that you mentioned COVID-19 so you must be wrong. 


Sharing TRULY false news isn’t particularly admirable, and can have serious consequences, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t share opinions and research. The president of the United States says false and misleading things all the time. The only time he ever gets CENSORED though, is when he mentions COVID-19. The powers-that-be that censor the internet have no problem with him saying horribly racist stuff or ‘grab her by the p****!’, but even HE is not allowed to comment on COVID-19.

 

None of us should automatically believe anything we read online regardless of topic. We should fact-check and we should do research before we share anything that we are unsure about. That being said, we should be allowed to share SOMETHING about COVID-19, considering how much it’s affecting our day-to-day lives! 

 

Some of the most horrific events in human history have taken place because of a lack of information, a lack of understanding, and sheer ignorance. When it comes to a pandemic that is killing people all over the world, the last thing society needs is to be SILENCED. How do you feel about the censorship around the virus? Send me an email at Melissa@ with your own experiences and opinions. If all of us tell Twitter and Facebook that we want the freedom to talk about this very important topic, maybe they will stop censoring us.

 

With that in mind, I’m not even sure why I’m writing this article. It’s probably going to be censored and nobody is going to be allowed to read it!

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