Social Media Strike: July 4-5

Interests who are fed up with what they believe to be censorship, undue control over Internet information, free speech, and unfair exploitation of our data are organizing a social media strike for July 4 and 5.

According to organizer Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia (who has since split with the project):

This means we will not use social media on those days, except to post notices that we are on strike. We’re going to make a lot of noise. Nobody will be able to ignore what’s happening. We’re going to flex our collective muscles and demand that giant, manipulative corporations give us back control over our data, privacy, and user experience.

Larry Sanger

Do you have a grievance that will prompt you to go on strike?

More from the July 4-5 Social Media Strike organizers:

Who: You. The more, the merrier! We’re urging you to go on strike with us. (“We” means nothing more than “all the rest of us who have serious grievances about social media—privacy, free speech, or something else.”)

What: A collective pause in our use of social media, except to post notices and memes that:

  1. Declare that we are on strike. Use hashtag #SocialMediaStrike. 
  2. (Optional.) Point to a copy of the Declaration of Digital Independence (preferably, your own; see “How” below). Invite others to sign the Declaration. 
  3. Urge others to join the strike. Ask your friends, family, and followers to sign and strike. If you see them posting anything other than calls to strike, tell them, “Don’t be a scab!” 

Hashtag: #SocialMediaStrike

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5 thoughts on “Social Media Strike: July 4-5”

  1. Left social media 5 months ago because social media ain’t social. It’s a venue for hateful anti Trump bullying.

  2. Unfortunately I can’t join you, but I am way ahead of you. I suspended all my (anti)social media accounts months ago. Sadly the same type of people populate the comment sections of far too many websites. Trolling, harassing, silencing everything that disagrees with their narrow views. Often they have multiple accounts to make it appear they have more support than they actually do.

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