What if CMI is censored?
Published: 28 August 2018 (GMT+10)
It is big news at the moment that big tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are tightening up their efforts at censoring narratives they do not agree with under the guise of banning ‘fake news’. I have raised the alarm on this practice previously with Google, as well as with the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
Most recently, headlines were made when the highly controversial political commentator Alex Jones was almost universally banned across all social media platforms for what was vaguely referred to as ‘hate speech’.1 In the wake of this, President Donald Trump has issued a statement via Twitter saying, in reference to this censorship, “… we won’t let that happen.”2 However, at this point in time it remains to be seen exactly what sort of action to protect free speech online is being planned by the American president.
It is important to note that this is not just a political issue. No matter what political convictions one holds, it should be concerning to see people being censored simply for holding unpopular opinions. In fact, CMI holds a very unpopular view—that the Bible is true in its statements that have scientific implications for the age of the earth and the history of life.
In light of these developments, many CMI supporters are asking if we have any plans for dealing with potential censorship of our social media content in the future. However, while we have not faced censorship yet, and we hope to be able to use the amazing tool of social media for some time to come, we are already well-prepared if we face censorship. Social media has only ever been just one of many ways we reach out to people with our information, and the primary resource will continue to be our website, creation.com. The very best way to make sure you stay connected with our ministry, regardless of what may happen on social media, is to subscribe to our Infobytes email newsletter and daily email. Once you’ve done this, make sure they are not going into your junk email folder, and you’re good to go!
We have no reason to expect that social media will censor us in the immediate future, but if you are primarily getting your creation information in your news feed, it might be a good idea to make sure a backup is going to your inbox, just in case. We can only pray that efforts to shut down non-politically correct views on social media will ultimately fail, as we do not control these platforms. Should censorship on social media worsen, we will be forced to consider possible alternative platforms.
In the meantime, are you using your reach on social media for all it’s worth? Sharing creation information on social media is one of the easiest ways to let your friends and family know about this life-changing information.