When it comes to micro-blogging, there is no doubt that Twitter is still the king of these types of social networks.
Unfortunately this network has implemented a series of policies that, though originally intended to bring a cordial and safe social interaction, over time they have mutated to become outright censorship.
It’s not the first time that the most powerful and widely used social networks work together to evaporate a person from their platforms. But what I think was the straw that broke the camel’s back was the recent evaporation of the President of the United States’s personal account.
Either way, whether you like Donald Trump or not. The evaporation of his account has set a dangerous censorship precedent never seen before in modern American history and Internet in general.
We’re witnessing how many voices are being silenced, not only the one of the supposedly most powerful man in the world but also of many of his supporters and people with an “uncomfortable” way of thinking according this social network’s administrators.
A real purge. More typical of a totalitarian system than a social network. A course of action that would make George Orwell write another novel.
If this can be done to the President of the United States and those close to him, the rest of us will be way easiest targets at the moment our thinking is deemed “offensive”.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of similar social networks that might be used as alternatives to Twitter in case we get evaporated by the thought police.
Gab is a micro-blogging social network founded in 2018 that emerged as an alternative to the alleged political biases that were already being seen on Twitter at that moment.
It wasn’t widely known at the beginning, but gained notoriety after an event that occurred at a Synagogue in the United States, for which the mainstream media made it responsible making its hosting provider (GoDaddy) erase GAB from its servers and its official apps removed from Google Play and Apple’s App store.
This social network was down for about a week but later came back online when it found a new hosting provider.
Unlike Gab in its early days, Parler had become known in recent years and had more support from users looking for Twitter alternatives.
Its functionality is the same as Twitter since it’s based on micro-blogging. Here Donald Trump created a new personal account, as soon he was suspended from Twitter.
As with Gab, Parler was immediately banned from Google Play, Apple’s App Store and also its hosting provider (Amazon). Its crime? having allowed Donald Trump to have a personal account on the network.
As of writing this post Parler is still down. We’ll see if Parler can find a new home that allows it to continue as Gab did.
This social network has a somewhat interesting history. Originally created in 2008, from its very beginning it was advertised as a social network that pays its users for the content and traffic they bring to the network.
During its first period (2008 – 2016) TSU was a direct competitor to Facebook. Its entire interface was geared towards the type of users who frequent Mark Zuckerberg’s network.
However, at one point in 2016 the platform suddenly ceased its operations with no further explanation.
Later, at the end of 2019, Tsu came back online. But this time abandoning the Facebook approach and focusing more on micro-blogging with an interface aimed at attracting users accustomed to Twitter.
But something that remains the same is its philosophy. It continues to be a social network based on paying users for the traffic and content they bring to the platform, so far one of the most attractive of the three Twitter alternatives showed today.
Time will tell if this work philosophy manages to bear the desired outcomes while maintaining its neutrality and not opting for censorship policies.
We’re living strange times. Unfortunately these strange times have left several victims along the way, two of them being freedom of thought and freedom of expression.
Are these Twitter alternatives infallible and will always honor their promise not to apply censorship at some point? hard to say. But they’re the alternatives that I know and have personally used that best suit the taste of the regular Twitter consumer.
If you know of any other micro-blogging social network that can be added to this list of Twitter alternatives, let me know in the comments section below or send me a message.