Over the past several years there have been growing concerns about the increased power of internet companies and social media giants to restrict and censor certain types of online content that run counter to prevailing orthodoxies, including issues surrounding health freedoms. New algorithms rolled out in Goggle Search and in social media timelines have made obtaining and sharing vital information about health topics such as fluoride increasingly difficult. Organizations like the Organic Consumer’s Union, Mercola.com, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and other groups have seen their web traffic, social media engagement, and even email delivery rates sharply decline. While FAN has yet to experience the more extreme measures of censorship other groups have suffered, FAN is taking steps to meet the challenges of a changing internet landscape in which censorship is becoming more and more commonplace.
One of the steps that FAN has taken is to diversify our social media presence.
You can now view all of FAN’s videos on FAN’s BitChute Channel. BitChute is an excellent, censorship-free, alternative video sharing platform (to Youtube which is owned by Google and is heavily censored).
FAN has also created a Patreon Channel where you can stay in the loop on important updates on fluoride without having to login to Facebook or other mainstream social media platforms. Patreon is a rapidly growing crowdfunding platform that allows fans (or patrons) to check out and/or support content creators for their work.
In an effort to feature some of the longer form media that FAN has produced, FAN is excited to announce the premier of FANCAST, a podcast about fluoride that features interviews with key figures and thought leaders in the realm of fluoride science. Listen to FANCAST episodes on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher Podcasts (for Android users) while you’re commuting to/from work or doing chores around the house.
When viewing FAN content on alternative social media sites, please note that FAN is strictly an apolitical organization and does not subscribe to any political or ideological affiliation. Fluoride harm is an issue that effects everyone regardless of world view.
What can YOU do to navigate the new online landscape? FAN recommends these simple things you can do to lessen the impact of internet censorship.
- Use a VPN such as TunnelBear or NordVPN to browse the internet anonymously.
- Use Brave browser to surf the internet without ads or invasive web trackers
- Use Duck Duck Go for your search engine. Ditch Google Search, it’s untrustworthy.
- In fact, Boycott Google. Stop using Gmail, Gcloud, Gdocs, or any of the Google tools. (This one is hard but important!)
- Use this search engine trick: Search keywords on specific sites by typing [your keyword/s] then site:[site.com]. For example, to find information about fluoride and the brain on the FAN website you would type into the search engine: fluoride brain site:fluoridealert.org
If you have questions on how to better avoid internet censorship, reach out to us by emailing our Outreach & Education Director Jay Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.