The Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit organization who created the web browser Firefox, on Friday revealed a list of future actions to change the “dangerous dynamics” of the internet, stating that “the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from social media platforms” is not enough.
This week we saw the culmination of a four-year disinformation campaign orchestrated by the President. We have to acknowledge how the internet was misused to get here.
And we have to change it.https://t.co/gIVZHQPYT4
— Mozilla (@mozilla) January 8, 2021
“This week we saw the culmination of a four-year disinformation campaign orchestrated by the President,” Mozilla wrote. “We have to acknowledge how the internet was misused to get here.”
Mozilla chairwoman Mitchell Baker, wrote on the Mozilla Foundation site’s blog, stating that “rampant use of the internet to foment violence and hate, and reinforce white supremacy is about more than any one personality.”
After the endless criticism of the president’s “reprehensible” actions, the article then calls for more “solutions.”
“We need solutions that don’t start after untold damage has been done,” the essay continues. “Changing these dangerous dynamics requires more than just the temporary silencing or permanent removal of bad actors from social media platforms.”
“Precise and specific actions” that companies should follow include the following:
Reveal who is paying for advertisements, how much they are paying and who is being targeted.
Commit to meaningful transparency of platform algorithms so we know how and what content is being amplified, to whom, and the associated impact.
Turn on by default the tools to amplify factual voices over disinformation.
Work with independent researchers to facilitate in-depth studies of the platforms’ impact on people and our societies, and what we can do to improve things.
The article finished by calling for the creation of a “better” internet.
The Mozilla Foundation’s website ironically states that it “works to ensure the internet remains a public resource that is open and accessible to us all.”
In an unprecedented first, Twitter suspended the President’s account, along with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch.
The company has since come under fire.
“Big tech & social media platforms want to act like media orgs but don’t want to be held accountable with the rest of media,” wrote Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. “Speech should be free whether you agree or not.”
“We are living Orwell’s 1984. Free-speech no longer exists in America. It died with big tech and what’s left is only there for a chosen few,” wrote President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. “This is absolute insanity!”
“Silencing speech is dangerous. It’s un-American. Sadly, this isn’t a new tactic of the Left. They’ve worked to silence opposing voices for years,” wrote U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We cannot let them silence 75M Americans. This isn’t the CCP.”
Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), released a statement criticizing Facebook and Twitter’s decision to suspend the president’s account, warning against “unchecked power” and the precedent it sets for future activists.
Many have moved to different platforms to express their frustration.
Gab.com, the free speech friendly social network, said that their user traffic has increased by more than 750 percent in the past few days alone, following the removal of the president from the most popular social media platforms.
Even though Gab’s Dissenter extension intended to “bring a free speech comment system to every site on the Internet” in 2019, Mozilla banned the platform.
Free speech social media platform Parler was removed from Apple’s App Store, stating that the platform has not sufficiently censored enough content.
Google also removed Parler from its Android app store on Friday.
Google has removed social media platform Parler from its Play Store for Android devices, stating the app will remain suspended until it implements “robust” moderation policies that crack down on free speech. https://t.co/hh8TVttlsZ
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 9, 2021
“Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech from the internet,” said Parler CEO John Matze in a statement. “There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on Amazon’s proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products.”
“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right