I really love these two quotes from Lillian Karabaic’s great piece, The Indie Web is the new Zines. They really underscore the importance of the indie web (and ideas like it) to ensuring free speech and diverse opinions:
One of the most important parts of recognizing diverse perspectives is insuring that individuals are heard in the way that they choose. When there is an intermediary between those creating media and the consumption of said media, there is a potential for that narrative to be suppressed.
I think that fighting Facebook is the wrong approach. I see this not as a Facebook-specific issue but a key failing of the corporate social media model: as long as we’re subjected to the TOS of a corporation, as long as all the writing, photos, and identity that we create online is filtered through someone else’s channels, there’s always the potential for censorship or worse.