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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

Is It Worth it to Switch to ‘Free Speech’ and 'No Ads' Social Networks Like Parler and MeWe?

People have been frustrated with social media sites tracking them and having their content censored for several years, but it has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. With big tech social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook using a 'pay to play' model and taking steps to remove false information and fake accounts have made people dump Facebook and Twitter and switch to MeWe and Parler, alternative social media platforms that don't have ads and don't censor posts. Before you make the switch to these alternative social media services, should probably check to make sure jumping ship to these platforms is really worth it.

One of the biggest challenges with social media your understanding of where free speech applies. My family and I became victims of 'doxing' because several individuals thought I was violating their freedom of speech because I was removing posts that were negative, false information, or bullying. According to the First Amendment to the US Constitution, "Congress shall make no law “…prohibiting the free exer