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The Gatekeepers of Expression by MaGLIL The Gatekeepers of Expression by MaGLIL
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.)
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xXNaxaXx Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do agree with everything you've said here. I know a few conservative influencers who were banned from places like Twitter and Facebook for 'wrong think', the people who censor these things pretend they're all about free speech and freedom of opinions UNTIL those opinions differ from theirs, then the person who disagrees with them is a bigot that needs to be silenced. In my opinion, that's what the whole 'hate speech' thing is really about, censoring other opinions that don't align with their agenda because apparently, science is 'hateful' speech now.

These companies want to create a bubble around its users, they only want to show one opinion so their users start to believe it is fact, its brainwashing, especially for the younger users on their sites who don't really know any better. 

I really like this art and I like how you pointed out that censorship tends to happen to a lot of conservatives unfairly even though you don't agree with people like them and me, it really warms my heart to know that someone else notices this, even though they don't agree with  conservatives.

Keep up the good work! Love it.
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Elgoono Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Artist
Deviant art keeps it real.
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CadaverCrafts Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Do the Instagram guidelines specifically prohibit buying and selling substances that can get you high? That might be a reason
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MaGLIL Featured By Owner 3 days ago
If that were true, it's ironic that they allow literal nicotine ads...

But technically, the terms state to follow the laws when promoting "regulated" substances. Kratom is not regulated, so that might be the reason. Curiously, there are many kratom vendors still on instagram and facebook and even approved kratom ads.
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CadaverCrafts Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nicotine and alcohol will always be treated extremely differently than other drugs which is baffling but... it is what it is.
Are you sure the other vendors aren‘t just there because no one reported them yet?
I totally agree with the message and the sentient of megacorporations completly controlling the market but that argument is also often used by people who genuinly fucked up and cant accept a ban^^‘ Not talking about you but a bunch of people this stuff resonates with.
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JoJoBynxFwee Featured By Owner 3 days ago
"Your voice is not yours, it is owned by these corporations." You hit the nail on the head there. Anything you post on social media is inherently part of the medium's product for sale, directly or indirectly (soliciting visitors with advertisements), so any voice or discussion has no inherent value to them except how it can be best commodified, and conversely content is only seen as unsuitable when it endangers product sales. See: tumblr only cracking down on NSFW content because its proliferation forced the app off mobile stores. Corporations have no "moral" opinions per se; moral statements are only made in response to whichever ideology is most popular with the target consumer audience, shareholders or advertisers (or required by law).

Overall, I'm enjoying this series of illustrations and the discussions in the comments below them.
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Darianblood Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I've been watching this crap coming on and getting scared, most especially because the reaction from people around me has been a shrug followed by "but what can you do?"

Sadly with that attitude the answer is nothing.  This is the beginning of the end of free speech
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MaGLIL Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Yeah, play it safe and you'll slip under the radar. Dare to do something challenging and they'll whack you down like a pop-up mole.
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ZacharyTC Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Do you even know what a monopoly is? :roll:

If you think government is the solution, you are playing right into its trap.

Another solution would be a mesh network where you are essentially your own internet provider, like what is being developed by the owners of this website here: freedomnet.tilda.ws/
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JasonWolfe Featured By Owner 6 days ago
These platforms will ban anyone whose opinions do not march lock-step with their own. However, by suppressing speech in various forms, they actually stifle individual growth. Such growth is achieved by being exposed to various opinions, good and bad.
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Jeff-n-pals Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
"fuck it I'm not even gonna tell you you're banned lmao"
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SaintOfTheDragons Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Minds.com
Seriously, I recommend for personal use, not sure how it is with businesses though. Wishing you luck in getting your business back up and running.
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Haiku-TFs Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Fuck Israel
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King-Robinson Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
r/im14andthisisdeep
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mindlessdolly Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact you perceive it as deep while it isn't, but a vent regarding a real issue everyone else knows about, perhaps just means you are oblivious or it's out of your capacity.
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King-Robinson Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant
i don't perceive it as "deep"
i was making a joke using the name of a popular subreddit called r/im14andthisisdeep
technically i could screenshot all of this and put it on r/woosh
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mindlessdolly Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Feel free, to embarrass yourself even further. The fact you referenced the subreddit means you thought the author intended it to be deep, nitwit. I'm very familiar with what you are talking about. Speaking up about an issue as obvious as social media censorship is nowhere close to what r/im14 was created for, and I can say that after a 1-minute glipse as I don't usually step in the mud of Reddit.
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Discbreaker100 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
This wasn't trying to be deep, but more realistic about how censoreship works nowdays you can't say "mother" anymore because you migh offend some tranies over there. (This actually happens is australia)
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Dissident-Hellion Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fuck all of them, they're dying platforms anyway, AND their are now viable alternatives available. With the exceptions of the currency ones of course, though I won't be surprised if alternatives to those pop up eventually as well.
"But of course, with private companies, there are no such thing as rights, since they own the platform."
That argument only works if you're talking about rights granted by your governing body and not about the idea itself. For example, when I talk about how all of them are shitting on free speech, I'm not talking about people's granted right to it, but the very idea of it.
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cos-tam Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
preach!!
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PutaRabbitYandere Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happened to me too with writtings. Do you know any posible sites to... like show opinion and not be banned for it? Tumblr was amazing until they fucked everything up for money, or because they were forced to accept the new politics, dunno. But im still searching for a new site, and still didnt find anything propper. Well... instagram maybe, although you must have an... PRIVATE account, so your art wont be visible for everyone. They make you look like some kind of a pervert criminal that has to hide in shadows in order to satisfy your opinion.... XD
Jesus! Sad  but it looks like that.
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ArtsyCosmicDreamer Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist
For what you want to do, I highly recommend looking into  Archive of Our Own and Pillowfort.io
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gummy-gundam Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I won't sue you for reusing the pic, I will ban you!

been saying for years since 1980 that the powers that be are ruling the world as we know it right in front of us and fervently denying it to your face with a smile on theirs
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aska-chan Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can add tumblr on this. They banned the evil nipples, but nazis are still allowed.
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RJAmakusa Featured By Owner 6 days ago
At least devianart has been relatively tolerant of those with differing political opinions. But who knows how much longer we have to wait before they start drinking the Authoritarian Anti-Free Speech Kool-Aid that Facebook ad Twitter have?
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MaGLIL Featured By Owner 6 days ago
People generally don't choose deviantart as the place to culture-war. If it does turn into that, you can bet they will crack down on us.
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kuunt Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Child porn ain't legal guys
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Ricuu Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry this happened to you. I had something similar happen to me.

A few months ago, my Facebook account was somehow used for ads. I've no idea how, but I got a FB notification that my account was suddenly changed into a business account and posted ads, and a few minutes later, that it got banned from ever being a business account again. I was confused as hell as I didn't do anything at all, so as soon as I got home to check it out, I saw that someone, somehow, had hacked into my account. I can't stress this enough, I have no clue how they got into my account, because my password is something very personal, consisting of both a bunch of random numbers and letters, and I never shared my password anywhere, neither do I use it for multiple accounts or websites. I don't have it written down anywhere, and I don't download anything so I'm sure it wasn't a virus, since I made sure to run Malwarebytes right after I got home.
I've tried writing about it on their customer service part of the site (which isn't helpful because it's like getting help from other users), *and* I wrote a ticket; to no avail. I've written about 10 tickets, all of which got ignored - I got sent back and forth between forms and only got bots to answer me in return, saying my account is permanently banned from being a business account. That was it.
After I tried writing about it publicly, my comments were suspiciously removed, one after another.
In short, there's nothing I can do, or could've done

I've never felt so silenced in my life. It really sucks when it happens to you.

EDIT: I kept refreshing the page of the public customer service site, and a few people were having the same issue. I commented on a few, and after checking back to see if anyone had replied, their comments have been removed as well.
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MaGLIL Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Those pages that let you try to win back your account are a joke. They're a placebo just like the close-door button on elevators...they don't do anything, they just make you think you have a little bit of power and say in the matter. There is no real customer service since they have nothing to lose because they are so powerful, and there is no competition. It's a unique situation I don't think has ever occurred in history in this manner or scale. Makes you wonder what the future will be.
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Ricuu Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly. I didn't believe it at first, but I've definitely been believing it after that happened to me. It's extremely frightening and I'm scared about the future as well. Though silencing people has been around for aeons, I thought that as a society, we'd learn from our mistakes.

The only power we have, is to create a new account under a different name. Pathetic.
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PoliticalPip Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for hiding and editing my comment multiple times... OCD
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PoliticalPip Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I saw a wikihow article on appealing Facebook stuff... and a man named Brian Kolfage downright sued them.
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Ricuu Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that I'm looking into it, it seems like the same happened to the both of us.
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TheBarfly001 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
It's more of an oligopoly.
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MaGLIL Featured By Owner 6 days ago
True, true. Adding that to my vocabulary...
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atram95 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!

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TTSnim Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
May I share this?
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MaGLIL Featured By Owner 6 days ago
of course!!
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LeComedy Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
sad but true my dude.
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King-Robinson Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
Under Sponge by King-Robinson  
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nambie-zombie Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant
I've been banned off Twitter 5 times for people reporting me for not having a the right "filter" for their feelings or opinions.

Like trying to tell someone that Futanari is a Japanese porn Genre not a transgression (the blasphemy of it all, I'm disgusting) or the most recent that has actually gotten me perma banned off the site: Calling an "internet Lawyer" "retarded" because he didn't understand a thing about american law especially when it comes to accusing someone of something horrendous without deviance (You just believe the crazy stories, stories are evidence and physical proof is a myth)

Truly I am the most horrible, disgusting creature this planet has ever seen, what with my retarded porn terms and what have you, I needed to be permabanned off a website so not to violently put my opinions out there for the pure and angelic masses to happen across, the damage I must have done.

For real, Sorry to hear you had to have this happen to you, and over something so inoffensive to boot. It's a very sad day we have to be so policed in every aspect of our lives, we literally have people wishing we had thought police who could arrest you for thinking a way they dont "approve of". I'm terrified for the future we are making for ourselves...

Great work and even better message, thanks for sharing! Sorry for the ramble lol
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MaGLIL Featured By Owner 6 days ago
The report system sucks. That's probably how I got banned. Well, it was probably the FDA-critical ad that I put out. But you can just report anyone you don't like, it's crazy. They need to have better determination of what counts as dangerous and what isn't.
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Dahviesangel Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so beautiful 
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Username-91 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
Instagram, like Twitter, Fascist-book, is something I've never used and never will. :facepalm: Good thing DeviantART exists.
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Pbuckley Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
This is beutifully tragic. I love it!

It's a shame that these companies seem so intent on silencing speech. I just can't stand the growing authoritarianism in our culture overall.
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Flora-Tea Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Switched on Eclipse just to heart this comment X'D Agreed so much!
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Pbuckley Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
I say this without any hint of irony. I understand how difficult that had to be, and I truly appreciate the gesture.
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