This is a second attempt at a very quick and messy illustration from before.
From my post (from Facebook, ironically):
"I usually don't do political illustrations, but I had to do this one. It's not about how people do too much social media. It's about how a few private corporations have a monopoly on speech, currency, and basically all online activity. They have the power to silence you on a whim. Your voice is not yours, it is owned by these corporations."
Recently instagram banned my business because the product was a legal herbal supplement called Kratom. I also criticized the FDA. But not only did instagram ban my business, they went after my personal account, and disabled my app completely. Yes, they have the power to shut down your app entirely.
I'm ashamed to say I didn't care enough until it started happening to me. I became aware of how dependent I am on these platforms for communication, exposure, and expression. It's scary to me that they can arbitrarily shut you down. I know with twitter and patreon, it happens to a lot of conservatives unfairly. I may not agree with their ideas, but I am absolutely for their right to expression.
But of course, with private companies, there are no such thing as rights, since they own the platform. You use them everyday to get your ideas out, participate in activism, let your voice be heard. All the while, they own it all. They can decide what is said, and under the guise of safety, censor what they will.
I'll also add VISA MASTERCARD and PAYPAL to the companies that have a monopoly on currency, yet they prohibit a legal supplement from being bought and sold with their cards/platform. It's so frustrating how monopolies slowly inch their way into prohibition and control and no one really cares. As long as you play it safe, it won't matter to you.
Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programming.
(and yes, I recycled the face from my last submission...sue me.)