Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty!
Your freedom requires maintenance!
As a prominent dissident on this network I have long been aware that censorship exists even here in Diaspora. The first time I had an account deleted on me it was on the Cryptospora pod. The podmin did it without any message or warning. Just like that, poof, it was gone. All my data and contacts vanished. All because I was challenging a narrative with a comment he didn't like. Of course I just made a new account, and reconnected with my contacts, but after that I started to keep track of which pods were opposed to people challenging certain narratives. Every time I noticed a fellow dissident having issues with a pod I made a mental note of it. Before long some of them were even messaging me in private, asking me for intel on good pods.
There were also public discussions. Others were offering me information, and in time my list of pods became too big to keep in my head, and I had to start writing them down. The very first version of the Cuck-pod list was published in a private thread
to a limited aspect. For the rest of Diaspora this all started with the first public version of my list.
Even before I published the first list, I always acknowledged that pods were private property, and that the podmin could operate them however they please. However that doesn't mean we can't talk about their actions and keep track of how these pods are run. The purpose of this list had always been to share information for the benefit of the community. So that new people as well as established users can make an informed decision on which pods they choose to associate with.
I had not expected the censorship agenda to accelerate so quickly. The first version of the list was just about pods not tolerating controversial users. The second version
was necessitated once I'd learned that Brian Ó of Gibberfish was developing a shadow banning toolkit for podmins.
Also the Diasp.org pod, (which had previously bragged about having an extremely tolerant policy to free-speech
,) took a sudden and regressive turn, In one night they deleted the accounts of three prominent dissidents without warning. Diasp.org also went to the extra effort of deleting every single comment these accounts had ever made, in public threads as well as private. This resulted in thousands of broken conversations in threads all over the network. A sudden departure from the podmin's previous statement of: "I do not remove posts and comments that people do not like, everyone has the right to say what they like here as long as it is within the law."
The CuckPod list was phase 1. Yet I am only one man, trying to keep track of all this, so this is phase 2: The Diaspora Rebel Alliance.
My intent here is to spread further awareness of the situation and extend the call to those who're concerned about free-speech and willing to take a stand against the relentless push of censorship. It's time to push back, and we're doing this with information, because knowledge is power. ;)
The Rebel Alliance is not a formal organization. There are no sign up sheets, membership rosters or treasury. It is a crowd sourcing endeavour. Decentralized and free, just like our network was supposed to be. Essentially this is a conversation.
If you would like to join us and take a proactive role in the conversation, we have some achievable short term goals that could be collaborated on.
The list could do with some rebranding. The whole "cuck" meme has gotten kind of stale and carries a right-wing association. The "CuckPod" name was catchy and serves as a good term to shame the censors, so this is how my list of pods became known and gained notoriety. However if someone could come up with a better name to use, I would be open to hearing their suggestions.
Speaking of right-wing association, there was a commenter who, although supportive of the alliance, was concerned that my reputation would be a hindrance. He suggested I should have made a new account to start the Alliance and that doing so would be a good idea. Well to that I say, if not for my experience I would not be here thinking about these issues. Had I stayed to the safe, establishment opinions and never questioned certain narratives, I would not be as motivated to put myself out there like this in defence of free-speech. (One needs not be concerned about thought-police, if one never commits a thought-crime.
) -And, had I chosen to disassociate myself with a new account for this initiative, the most vocal core supporters would still be the same, our detractors would have easily guessed who was responsible and would probably have used it to claim I was dishonest or hiding in using the new account. No, I think it is better to remain transparent and be open about who I am, because I am not the one who has something to be ashamed of.
Regardless of my own political inclinations, I have made it clear that the Rebel Alliance is willing to collaborate with all sides of the political spectrum. Certainly, the write up to this list of pods bears a rightist bias. That is only natural because so far most of the censorship has been against right-wing people. If you are interested in this work, but find yourself put off by its bias, I say to you: "put out, or get out!"
I have done my part to extend the hand. Some left leaning individuals have expressed interest and been supportive, yet so far most of them are hesitant to associate publicly because they fear backlash from the extremist elements. While this is understandable, at some point people are going to have to get their hands dirty and take a stand before it is too late.If we don't believe in freedom of speech for people we despise, then we don't believe in it at all.
This issue is bigger than our petty ideological differences and our individual personalities. We are already on the slippery slope. I'm sure my critics would have you believe that once these "far-right" voices are silenced, everything will be fine... and their censorship will end there. Going along with that is beyond naive. Many of these same people who seek to silence "nazis
," have also expressed a desire to silence those who question vaccines and the climate change narrative. Some of these censorship lobbyists see the state of Israel as a sacred cow, and would shut down any one criticizing it as an "anti-semite." After that they may go after those talking about GMOs, and don't be surprised when they expand the definition of "far-right" to include anyone who doesn't conform to their politically correct orthodoxy. I have talked to a few G+ Refugees who experienced censorship from Google over posting some pretty benign stuff. Don't think it couldn't happen here, the urge to censorship will never be satisfied. (History backs this up. Just look at Soviet Russia.)
If we just ignore this problem it will only get worse. You might take comfort for now by telling yourself this censorship doesn't effect you. If you just sit on your hands, eventually it will, and by then it will be too late.
Documenting these activities and making the information available is my way of addressing the situation. The majority of people using this network do not have the means to run their own pod, but at least they can have the information to make an informed choice. Since posting the first public version of my pod list I have received tons of criticism. Then after starting The Rebel Alliance initiative that criticism has increased. But the bulk of this criticism has been endless repetitions of the same tired old talking points. Most of which were anticipated and addressed in the preamble of my very first pod list. All I am doing here is keeping track of pod activities and making the information available to the community. If the podmin have the right to do what they want with their pods, then surely we have a right to talk about it. That is what this is after all, a conversation.
Yet whenever certain controversial members of this community do anything, the mentally unstable totalitarians of this network have a conniption and demand censorship. If they do not like what they see, they could always use the ignore function and carry on with their day. But instead they make demands that these offending voices be silenced for everybody else as well. I've seen some of them even use the ignore function to block the offending user, but carry on interacting with the offending content anyway. One is left to assume that the continually offended somehow enjoy their state of perpetual outrage.
If these critics truly see nothing wrong with what is happening, then why would they have a problem with people talking about it? 🤔