Before we get into LBRY and their new Odysee platform, it’s important to talk about censorship, as this is a critical part of what makes LBRY so important.
Censorship has become one of the ‘new normals’ in society. Over the past two years, big-tech has made it their business to determine what information is safe for human consumption.
The minds of the global population is a very powerful tool, and there is a mad rush to harness this powerful tool by various entities. From what you buy to who you vote for, nothing you do is off limits and all can be easily influenced in the age of Internet.
Over the past couple years we have seen a massive increase in censorship on the Internet. Unwanted voices, voices that contradict the views and narratives of the major platforms and their state masters are being shut down at an exponential rate.
In recent years the internet has been monopolised by just a handful of companies. Censorship has become a very effective way of controlling the narrative of World events and public opinion.
Shutting down the flow of information, opinion and discussion regardless of whether it’s right or wrong is a very dangerous path to go down, it can only ever be at a detrimental effect to society.
In the UK, some suggest that sharing some types of content online should be made illegal:
Spreading anti-vaccine conspiracy theories online should be a crime, according to some of Britain’s top scientists. – Daily Mail
But who decides what a conspiracy theory is, and even outright ridiculous nonsense has a place in the flow of information. Bad information needs to be quashed by good information, not censorship.
Facebook have just announced they will ban all Anti-vaccine content and conspiracy theories:
False claims that the vaccine contains microchips or is being tested on people without their consent will be removed. – The Independent
This is a perfect example of why censorship is so dangerous, because the latter part of this statement is absolutely true. From the same publication almost a decade before:
The recruitment of hundreds of tribal girls without parental consent for an immunisation study sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the nod of the warden of their government hostel. Several girls subsequently died. The study was halted by the federal authorities. – The Independent
I covered the topic of censorship in depth in a previous article HERE, it’s well worth a read if you’re interested in the topic.
So how is the best way to circumvent this rampant rise in censorship?
We build censorship resistant platforms. Enter LBRY the protocol behind the new Odysee platform.