The most glaring example of this is President Trump’s accounts on social media and email server being shut down. If the right to free speech is taken away from the duly elected leader of the USA, then no one’s free speech is safe.
It used to be said, ‘I may not like what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’.
Now it is, ‘If I don’t like what you say, I will take it (and you) down’.
There seem to be two ways things can go from here, but they both end up with the same result:
Scenario A, there is some kind of social media blackout between now and inauguration day, and possibly for longer.
Scenario B, proof emerges of social media complicity in false election results, an existing executive order comes into play, and the social media owners and their sites all get taken down (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube, SnapChat, WhatsApp etc).
The same result is that the days of social media as we now know them are numbered.
So be prepared.
If there are voices on social media that you trust, then find out if they have a blog or website, and if so, sign up for email notification of new blogs and bookmark those websites.
If not, and you have alternative means to contact them, urgently encourage them to get a website and associated blog set up.
Are there alternatives? Yes there are.
Many have migrated to Parler, but because significant verification protocols are in place (in addition to an email address, a phone number must be provided, and to be a verified user images of driver's licence are required) it makes it easier for the enemies of free speech to find you via hacking, and easier for public calls to shut it down to be made.
Others have migrated to Gab, where being anonymous is still possible.
Both are receiving deluges of new members.
I have seen a list of alternatives to YouTube, I can’t recall what they were, but they do exist.
Think about what plans need to be in place to keep in contact with family and friends when social media becomes unavailable; and start putting them together.
Think about whether you still want to be an active part of social media organisations that have shut down free speech.
If your spidey-sense has been twitching, then you have been asking questions like...
How come the security at the Capitol was so poor?
Were they really outraged patriots who stormed the building or Antifa/BLM wearing MAGA gear?
How come Trump’s speech at the 6 Jan rally got glossed over so quickly?
If so, you may find these websites worth a browse
Why is this important?
Because the truth has to be important to anyone who follows Jesus who said, 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life', and 'The Truth will set you free'.
And how can you come to the truth unless you have access to multiple viewpoints on the same topic/event? As soon as an alternate narrative is suppressed, freedom departs and persecution begins.
Who would ever have thought that we would see all levels of American government resolutely refuse to investigate allegations of election fraud? Seekers of truth don't do that, they investigate until an unequivocal 'yes there was' or 'no there wasn't' is determined to public satisfaction.
Peace isn't possible unless it is based in Truth.
Any attempt to build peace based on untruths will crumble.
May God graciously help all of us to come to full knowledge of the truth, no matter how disturbing or painful that might be. Amen.