Whether you categorize speech suppression by ostensibly private entities as censorship or not, it’s clear that between government and the private entities that control the internet, the ability to speak out is being steadily constricted. From Eric Peters at theburningplatform.com:
Libertarians – me included – have wrestled long and hard with this one: Is it censorship when private entities do it?
No – not in a legal sense. Because these private entities do not have the power to forbid publication, per se.
It may even be worse, since one can always get around governmentcensorship (see, for example, the underground Samizdat press in Tsarist Russia or, later, the anti-communist press in East Germany and Poland).
But how does one “get around” private control of the all-encompassing Internet and related “social media platforms”?
There is no alternative Internet – nor is one (given present technology/infrastructure) even conceivable, regardless of one’s financial ability.