For the modern content creator, tapping multiple revenue streams through platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, and Patreon are seen as an essential practice in a largely saturated, competitive, and insecure market. That said, content creators, or providers for that matter, may say or do something disagreeable that can result in them being deplatformed from one or more of their income sources, suggesting that censorship is alive and well in the digital economy.
It can be argued that websites and platforms that are chained to the ethical leanings of their stakeholders and advertisers have little say in who can or can’t operate within their system, as the market often dictates. But it can also be argued that private entities are controlling the narrative by silencing contentious voices, regardless of their worth.
With free speech at risk in an increasingly politicized world, online personalities are being booted from social media as well as having their revenue streams cut away, which in turn has opened up the market for censorship-free platforms such as BitPatron, who are utilizing the immutable benefits of blockchain and Bitcoin to circumvent commercial and government restrictions.
The question is, however, should there be limitations on opinion as imposed by private entities, and if so, where do communities draw the line as a hyper-connected society?
At some point, the internet became highly-politicized. Eventualities occurring in the fathoms of digital space were beginning to be taken quite seriously, with the most obvious example of this being Twitter’s ever-growing synonymy with mainstream news.
The innumerable voices that populate web platforms began to have their voices bleed into social discourse, whether citizens liked it or not. As such, internet commentary has managed to penetrate reality and now there are real-world consequences for our online actions as well as our expressed opinions.