Currently, we have global giants writing societal regulations for themselves, deciding which words that violate these bylaws and which aren’t. Today it may turn out that the word “nation” is a word that violates the rules of the Facebook community, and in an instant – that the word “mama” violates these regulations. It’s not just about money. Someone wants to discuss certain problems in a certain way in public. I urge us to think about what we can do to reduce the abuse of the Internet giants – Dr. Julanta Heidesz, Director of the Press Freedom Watch of the Polish Association of Journalists, said in “incomplete talks” on Truam TV.
Dr. Julanta Hajdas emphasized that it is not too late for us to return to normal life in the public space, that is, a place where discussion and exchange of opinions and information can be done without censorship.
There is still time to stop the colossal power of social media, as well as those who have the servers running that media in their own hands – She said.
The Director of the Press Freedom Monitoring Center of the Polish Association of Journalists noted that we must be aware that the mass media today play an essential role in public life – there is practically no field of life that can do without the mass media.
Politics, economics, culture and social issues – all this is dominated by media messages. Radio broadcasting today is not limited to the traditional media that we are used to talking about, for example, on the air from Radio Marija, Troam TV, in print newspapers and even related Internet portals. Today, the media space is basically social media. I’ll give you the numbers. If we are talking about traditional media, then we can say that a particular event is discussed in tens of thousands of articles, and if we are talking about the same event that was published in Poland on social media, then there will be several million on one portal. In total, there are several hundreds of millions of mentions about a particular topic. These are incomparable sizes. That is why we must talk about Internet censorship and how to oppose it, because today we are powerless in front of this phenomenon – Truam TV guest noted.
Dr. Julanta Hajdas admitted that there is no place where the Press Freedom Monitoring Center of the Polish Journalists Association does not interfere. Accounts are suspended, domains disabled, and the age of users who can use a particular movie on the Internet increases.
– Recently, we were defending a Scout movie about life in the camps. They are scouts from Warsaw, Youtube stopped this movie for the first time, after the protest re-posted it on the web, but the bands are still reduced and the age has been raised to 18 so you can use this video. In such cases, we have to write to Ireland from Poland every time so that we can request any clarification on this matter – Notify the manager.
The guest of “Incomplete Interviews” noted that the internet giants are not just about money. We have many examples of web censorship dealing with ideological matters.
– If it is only about work, if it is only about money, then we will say: After all, Donald Trump’s Twitter account has 80 million users, great traffic, and therefore great profits for the owners of the portal How can such work be stopped? Meanwhile, the shutdown occurs. When we talk about the blockade in Poland, it is surprising that this is true only to the conservative right-wing calculations – Dr. Julanta Hajdas said.
Another example is the Irish referendum on the killing of unborn children. Life advocates have lost her since pregnancy, even though Ireland has had one of the most life-saving laws since the 1980s.
A year after losing the referendum, the Facebook owner admitted they made a decision at the time not to promote pro-life content and disable ads for organizations that support support for life-saving legislation. The pro-life activists did not realize how disparate they were in the fighting. So what if it was revealed a year later, when decisions had already been made on such an important matter? It’s not just about money. Someone wants to discuss certain problems in a certain way in the public space – This was confirmed by the Director of the Press Freedom Monitoring Center of the Polish Journalists Association.
We must realize what tool we and our loved ones are dealing with – said a guest of Troam TV
The Internet – and especially social media – was built as an oasis of freedom. We were convinced that it was a tool that would enable us to exchange ideas without hindrance by the editors of traditional media (…). Currently, we have global giants writing societal regulations for themselves, deciding which words that violate these bylaws and which aren’t. Today it may turn out that the word “nation” is a word that violates the rules of the Facebook community, and in a moment it may turn out that the word “mother” violates these regulations. I urge us to think about what we can do to curb the arbitrariness of the internet giants. It is done, for example, by the countries of Western Europe (…). Now is the time in Poland for us to do so. Deal with this is, among other things, the Ordo Iuris organization, which has launched a petition for government support also in the pursuit of freedom of expression on the Internet. The Polish Journalists Association and the Center for Monitoring Freedom of the Press also support the activities of Ordo Iuris in order to provide similar solutions, for example, France for the protection of freedom of expression on the Internet (…). Keep this tool civilized, allowing a different way to describe the world via Google, Facebook, Youtube or Instagram. Let them be entities that present completely different, and most importantly, values such as: God, honor, and homeland – Dr. Julanta Hajdas noted.