The internet has profoundly
changed how humans communicate and receive information. It allows disparate
individuals to form communities around shared interests. It is a new kind of
forum where ideas can be disseminated freely and openly. At least, that’s what
sites like Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Wikipedia, and other titans of the
internet would have us believe. But the current reality of the internet is less
an open sandbox and more a story of the dominance of a few powerful gatekeepers
increasingly exerting control over what kind of information can be shared.
As far as we can tell, the issue
of vaccination is particularly susceptible to censorship. This isn’t
surprising, as vaccination is a controversial issue. However, reasonable people
can ask reasonable questions about the safety and efficacy of vaccines—indeed
they should, since it is undeniable that vaccines are not without risk. One
only need consult the government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and the millions it has paid out to victims of vaccines
to verify this fact. Yet organizations that post information about the dangers
of vaccination are singled out as “fake news” purveyors and censored.
Write to Congress and ask your elected officals to write to their colleagues on the appropriate committees to convene a hearing exploring the issue of internet censorship.
Please investigate internet censorship
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]