Social media is a force for both good and evil. On the one hand, social media brings people together, disseminates news and raises cultural awareness. On the other hand, social media is just as much a source of cyber bullying, misinformation and procrastination. Fortunately, a new social media platform is on the horizon, which embraces the benefits of Facebook while rejecting its disadvantages.
Miramir, otherwise known as “The Social Network For Change,” is a small idea hoping to bring about big change. The Toronto-based company behind Miramir wants to use the social media platform as a way to bring like-minded people, who want to seek solutions to real world problems, together.
“This is an invitation to all amazers and creators, mavericks and dreamers, the kindness doers and changemakers, all the good people of our magnificent earth to take part in a global movement for change and freedom,” notes the Miramir Kickstarter page.
Among these issues is internet privacy. Social media groups like Facebook and Twitter don’t exactly have a clean history when it comes to privacy concerns. Miramir intends to address this failure. In particular, Miramir promises complete privacy. Log in activity will never be monitored and personal account information will not be sold to unknown third parties.
In addition to ensuring privacy rights, Miramir guarantees freedom of speech. In 2015, Twitter introduced its strictest censorship rules to date. They argued the new rules were intended to help the site and to stop cyber bullying.
Unfortunately, complaints surfaced that Twitter wasn’t just censoring disrespectful comments; they were deleting tweets about politics, social issues and practically any controversial topic. The goal of Miramir is to ensure that the market place of ideas is not regulated. Articles, organizations and events will not be censored, which are often covered up by Google.
By integrating the qualities of Reddit, Facebook, Craiglist, Ebay and other social media platforms, Miramir hopes to role the benefits of these networks into one. Contrary to Facebook, statuses and articles can be upvoted. In addition, people can alter their experience, which reflects their likes and dislikes.
Furthermore, Miramir users can send messages that self-destruct, meaning they can be erased from your social media account forever. Users will not have to worry about whether their conversations are being eavesdropped on by the ears of the NSA and other government institutions.
“What started with an idea for freedom, for privacy, for peace, is now a global movement,” Miramir’s developers states. “After two years of development and testing, our beta is ready. Now we need your help to launch Miramir and make it even more amazing for you.”
“If you want to live in a world filled with good, with love, and with kindness. A world of peace, compassion, and unity. Then join us in launching the most powerful alternative social network and portal in the world. It’s a huge project that is going to change the course of free flowing information, and we want you to be a part of it.”
The need for the open exchange of ideas is most needed in an age of increasing government surveillance and social divide. You can help kickstart Miramir with a pledge, by clicking this link.