STOP Facebook & others from banning free speech in America!
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Hello, My name is Floyd Yancey.
I'm an activist/artist.
I created the "anonymous" logo for the activist group..
I pioneered some of the first 3d cartoon characters.
Floyd Farnsworth and Yancey Fry are named after me on the tv toon show Futurama.. as I made some of their first 3d characters.
I'm banned from facebook for political reasons, of which, facebook will not declare.
I'm extremely pro-freedom of speech. I allow others to have conflicting viewpoints on my page, (memphisspirit.com) and even hurl insults at me if they so choose.
I view art/ religion/ politics/ sexual preference all as a form of freedom. I play the part of the internet
boogyman, (I'm even portrayed in a video game "Watchdogs 2") however, I try to influence the kids in a positive direction.
I'm anti-big goverment. I try to get people to question what ideas are dished out to them. My idea, of true equality/freedom of speech
is to not favor one religion/political view/sexual preference over others. This challenges established cultural beliefs and norms.
Some can't handle it. I view it like this. In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs, would obliterate the symbology/art of their predecessors, or replace the names, thus
rewriting history. Some people get offended by naked greek statues. Some are offended by religious beliefs of others. I feel that tearing down statues, art, rewriting history that offends is wrong. I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to be heard. Not one side/belief silenced to uplift another.
In the early days of the internet (Like 1991) there weren't many ads.
Individuals didn't have to compete with big business to be seen. When google sold placement, a void was created for the individual. The musician, artist, philosopher etc.. lost a valuable venue for free exchange of information. Facebook, twitter and the like filled that void, and profited off the desire of people to be heard. It was a place were people didn't have to fight businesses buying ads. Over time the same thing happened there. The individuals reach shrank. I was one of the few that fought on. Tried to grow.
Facebook, and others realized something new. Something sinister. They could manipulate mass opinion for profit. Instead of positioning ads, their algorithms could be used to push a political candidate, squash the voice of a foreign voting faction to manipulate elections, bash an activist, or idolize a singer.
With a few changes to some settings, a musical sensation could pop up overnight. Also, a rebel faction in say... Iran, could be silenced from communication.
Free speech on the internet is so, so much more than anyone considers it. Those that can manipulate it, are all powerful. Zuckerberg realized this and petitioned John Podesta in released wikileaks emails, to try to use this for political benefit.. These media companies know exactly what power they wield. People... like me. Try to make people aware. I'm a threat, so I need to be silenced. I was.
America, needs to reign in these companies and act as a free speech outlet. When we become a haven for free speech, people in oppressed countries have a goal. They can hide in our internet walls, exchange ideas without fear. Cultures change. Ignorance can't be fostered and manipulated. Propaganda looses power. People become more educated.. on their own. In reality, this is a battle for humanity and the fate of the world.. and the descisions we make now, could influence generations to come. It's something precious that needs to be guarded.
-Floyd Z. Yancey
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