The founders of Bleat are threatening to delete any posts encouraging vegetarianism or the use of animal products on the brand-new vegan social network. While I certainly don’t promote vegetarianism or animal exploitation, I strongly disagree with this proposed censorship.
We have had a couple of posts brought to our attention today that are clearly promoting vegetarianism. Bleat is NOT the place to be promoting vegetarianism and you can read more about our reasoning for this here.
We are going to be monitoring this situation very closely and reserve the right to remove any posts that we believe are promoting the consumption of animals or animal derived products.
Now, it’s great that Bleat is clear about being a place by and for vegans. But what’s the point of inviting vegetarians and omnivores to join this social network, if its admins are going to erase their posts? Why not just encourage users, if they feel so inclined, to down-vote vegetarian (and beegan) posts and—even better—comment on them?
Most vegans were vegetarians or omnivores at some point. It took education and dialogue, not dismissal, for many of us to make the change.
Look, I’m tired of “vegan” restaurants serving cow’s milk and bee pollen, bloggers posting “vegan” recipes containing honey, and books pushing a part-time “vegan” diet too. I get that there’s confusion out there.
But it’s difficult to see how Bleat is going to achieve its goal of promoting a “positive vegan lifestyle” if its founders are going to be policing users’ posts. Indeed, this move will probably just serve to reinforce some people’s misconceptions about vegans—and that’s surely negative.
If you disagree with censorship on Bleat, please consider rebleating and up-voting this post.
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