The Internet as we know it is in danger!
The internet, as we know it, is a place where we all share our thoughts and creative content and inform us about news independently without having to pay for it. The EU parliament is planning some changes in law which will impact these key principles of the internet and change Jodel and the content on our plattform as well.
Principally we agree that the copyright laws need to be adjusted to fit in a modern digital society. But the way the parliament wants to achieve that is threatening our freedom of speech.
Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Jodel would have to check any user-generated content regarding copyright issues even before it is published. The only way to do so is by automated upload filters which will try to recognise certain patterns in text and pictures and check them for matches with a database.
The problem: A machine will not be able to distinguish between an actual copyright infringement and a legally quote or a satirical/artsy post of protected content. As a consequence the filters would rather block all of these cases to protect the own platform from potential legal actions.
Jodel simulates upload filters
Together with some national Wikipedia pages and many other websites we join in an european blackout today which will result in some services being partially or completely shut down. To demonstrate the consequences of such filters we will simulate the random and intransparent blocking of posts.
Instead of the typical Jodel colors we will show all of our posts in black color. An algorithm will randomly decide to censor certain posts and show them with an annoying white background color so that the post is not readable anymore.
Apart from our simulation today we support the local demonstrations on Saturday, the 23rd of March all over Europe in which thousands will show their protest against the upcoming changes. Bring your friends, neighbors and family with you and let the politicians hear our voices.
More information on the upcoming changes and time/place of your local demonstration can be found on www.savetheinternet.info and some local facebook events.
Share your protest!
Savetheinternet.info & the Jodel teamMar 21, 2019