Of course you can. By that argument you could also move to the woods and be a hermit and disown society.
Why would I? To follow your argument I'd then have to listen to you bitch about environmental legislation stopping you from cutting your own firewood.
I think we're talking about those who want to engage online. For many it's not a choice as they make their living there. And good luck being a politician in today's age without an online presence. Fat chance of getting elected if you're kicked off Facebook.
I'm not. I'm simply pointing out that what you claimed is necessary is actually not at all necessary.
I didn't say they control everything you see online but they have more power than you claim to be aware.
I made no claim.
How can you visit a site after it's been shut down like gab nearly was. They're a twitter alternative who was demonized by the big tech who pressured PayPal to stop servicing them and then godaddy into stop hosting them online. Gab had to scramble to find another hosting company and were down for weeks trying to get another. If that one drops them they're likely finished. All because they refuse to censor speech of any kind (besides hateful and threatening manners).
You presume I would want to visit that site, and care in the slightest if they continue or not. Given the plethora of way and places to host a website, if they can't find a host they don';t deserve to have a website. Hosting a free speech site should be chqldsplay compared to some of the more outlandish porn sites etc, not to mention all those scary 'dark web' sites, all of whom are hosted by someone, somewhere. So no, despite what you claim, they do have options and choices.
And how do you find new videos when YouTube buries them in your search results which they're doing now? Big media has recently been given higher priority in their search algorithms.
Simple. Learn how to search effectively, use the right keywords and search criteria and you can find what you want. Be lazy or don't bother and you get the generic results.
Or how do most find news when the search provider buries them behind CNN and big media who are given top priority. You may not get your news online but that vast majority of those 40 and younger do.
See above regarding searches. Add the ability to search and/or access alternate news sources and networks, worldwide.
You may not be heavily invested or influenced by online sources but all those kids who will actually vote and take care of you in your old age certainly are.
You very obviously don't know me, or which country I reside in. Nor are you apparently aware of how the rest of the world manages, both with and without those few, albeit popular websites.
Sucks if they're only allowed to hear exactly what the big boys want them to hear and everyone else gets squashed for trying to offer a different platform or perspective.
Sucks more if they are too lazy or ill educated to be able to make informed inteligent decisions rather than simply accept whatever is spoon fed to them.