Posted: August 9, 2022
Chicago Cubs co-owner announces new free speech search engine, FREESPOKE
By the Movieguide® team
Todd Ricketts, co-owner of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, announced the creation of a new search engine called FREESPOKE to combat Big Tech’s discriminatory speech policies.
Ricketts said FREESPOKE would offer an alternative search engine to Google in hopes of reviving competition in the tech world.
“For years, I felt like the results I was getting from Google and other search engines were a bit skewed, like a left-wing bias,” Ricketts said. Told Faithwire in a recent interview. “And I wasn’t getting the results I expected.
“Our country was built on free speech…this idea, ‘I don’t have to agree with what you say, but I’ll die defending your right to say it,'” he said. he adds. “Well, big tech has decided you can’t say that anymore.”
Along with healthy competition, Ricketts said FREESPOKE will pursue truth by allowing everyone’s voice to be heard.
“If someone questions your idea, you should pursue it and try to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong,” he said.
Big tech’s recent crackdown on COVID-19 misinformation became a big part of his motivation to create FREESPOKE.
“During COVID, doctors who questioned our COVID protocols … had their videos removed from YouTube,” he explained. “Anyone who challenges the status quo is nullified, and that’s not what America is about; we are about freedom of speech.
“It’s a bit scary…. and it’s dangerous when you find yourself in a situation where … a Democratic administration and politicians and the media and big tech are trying to suppress the free flow of ideas,” Ricketts continued. “This is not the United States of America; it’s more like what you would expect in Russia or China.
While the problem of Big Tech’s overreach isn’t a new concern for affected users, Ricketts said he wants to increase competition instead of just regulating the biggest companies.
“I…put my money where I talk and build a search engine and say, ‘I think there’s a demand for it there,'” he explained. “I have a lot of faith and optimism in the American people, and I think when the information is presented to them in a clear and crisp way, they make good decisions.”
Unlike other pro-free speech platforms, FREESPOKE is reportedly implementing a new labeling system that categorizes stories as “right”, “left” or “center”.
“When looking for information, [it helps you] find out… who wrote this, where they’re from, and their perspective, and what they may have written before,” Ricketts said of the new feature. “It’s just about helping people sort through all the available information, and, again, it’s about drawing your own conclusions, finding the information, [and] learn.
“Even if you disagree with someone, you shouldn’t want to delete their ideas because if you’re willing to delete someone else’s ideas, I can guarantee that one day , someone will want to delete yours,” he concluded. .