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“[W]hosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment” Matthew 10:14,15, KJV

It’s an understatement to say that I’ve had a rocky relationship with online social networking services and video-sharing websites over the last twelve years.

After being blocked by Facebook, shadow banned by Twitter, and terminated by the Google subsidiary YouTube, I moved my conservative opinion and Christian worldview postings to USA.Life, Gab, and Brighteon.com. And now I’ve deleted my accounts from Gab and USA.Life and the videos from my channel at Brighteon.com. 

When I had first joined Gab, I received a lot of feedback to my comments, postings, and responses. But after a few months, interest in my posts waned considerably. Fewer and fewer Gabbers responded to my postings and views.

And as for USA.Life, the reaction and interest to my posts and comments were few and far between from the time I joined. It appears that the truths and insights I had to offer never resonated or caught on with USA.Life members.

The decision makers at Brighteon had little appreciation for the time, work, and creativity I put into my videos. The site’s “moderation team” would periodically delay publishing particular videos, especially the ones critical of the Roman Catholic Church.

More than once I’d wait several hours or even days for one of my videos to be approved for public viewing on my channel, which increased my anxiety and added to my frustration. I would spend days finding a theme, gathering information, music, and video clips, and then rewriting and editing what I’d gathered for the video. 

The final straw came when Brighteon’s “moderation team” rejected a video and refused to publish it for copyright violations. Their rejection notice was déjà vu all over again.

The YouTube braintrust had used “copyright violations” as the excuse to terminate my channel. The emerging pattern was clear. First build the case for termination by withholding certain videos for subject matter infractions and reject others for perceived copyright violations; then lower the termination boom on my channel for repeated infractions and violations. 

I’m convinced that the social networking services and video-sharing websites to which I had subscribed didn’t want my conservative opinions and Christian worldview expressed and disseminated on their platforms. It’s also true that the “followers,” “friends,” and “viewers” I had on these sites expressed little to no interest in my comments, responses, and postings.

So, I’m taking my ball and going home. I’ve returned to my blog The Millstone Diaries to make one last ditch effort to reach people online with the truths that I have learned, the opinions I’ve formed, and the worldview I’ve developed over the years.

Paul wrote that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” It’s God alone who causes people to hear, and unless people online are given ears to hear the truth, The Millstone Diaries will join the ash heap with my other futile endeavors. 

Amen.

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