RANKIN CREATIVE has launched an online community project spotlighting unfair censorship by using its resources to re-platform those who’ve been unfairly silenced online. THE UNSEEN is open to anyone who has experienced content removal, account removal, promotion/ad ban or shadow banning. The project intends to create a positive debate around this topic, to provoke change in attitudes and working practices.
“Censorship is a necessary tool to prevent fake news, protect children and more. But it is often used inadvertently to silence marginalised voices,” said creative founder and photographer, Rankin.
THE UNSEEN is specifically highlighting the breadth and severity of unfair censorship in a way that’s not been seen before. The statistics of those who have joined the community highlight the core reasons marginalised people feel they are being censored:
- FEMALE BODY & SEXISM/MISOGYNY RELATED EXPERIENCES 29.6%
- EXPERIENCES OF HOMO/QUEERPHOBIA 10%
- POLITICALLY RELATED EXPERIENCES 7%
- FATPHOBIA/PLUS SIZE DISCRIMINATION 5%
- ABLEISM EXPERIENCES 4%
- RACISM EXPERIENCES 4%
The project has generated incredible interest, even at it’s early stages, with hundreds of people from all over the world sharing their stories and joining the discussion. The stories shared on THE UNSEEN entry form and the posts that the entrant had censored will all be included on THE UNSEEN website launching on the 15th of June.
“We’ve had an incredible response so far, and we’re just getting started,” said Rankin. “This is an important issue, and those affected deserve to have a voice in the policies that affect them on the platforms they love and build their businesses on.”
To launch the project, RANKIN has partnered with Digital-first Quantus Gallery in Shoreditch, London to hold a public exhibition. The show will feature all the posts and several of the stories submitted by entrants, alongside portraits of 13 of the community photographed by Rankin and made Interactive by the experiential design team at Media.Monks.
“We wanted to put the viewer back in control, and subvert the relationship we have with the images we see online, so working with Media.Monks was ideal. I also think it’s important to show how emerging technologies like 8th Wall can be used positively, to make things fairer,” said Rankin
“We’re thrilled to be launching this project to the public, we hope the simple act of creating a database and awareness of these stories will help make a difference. But we’re far from done, we’ll be working until the system is fairer.” said the creatives driving the project OPALUKE (Opal Turner and Luke Lasenby.)
THE UNSEEN PANEL
Joined UNSEEN community members Dr. Carolina Are and Mesha Moinirad, Rankin will be discussing the experiences gathered in the project and the solutions created together for a panel today at Cannes Lions.