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Soapbox Ninja created in February as a response to concerns about censorship on websites like Facebook

COURTESY PHOTO - The new website Soapbox Ninja was created by Estacada residents.

A new social media platform that strives to avoid censorship has its origins in Estacada.

Estacada residents Joel Litkie and Tony Long-Drew launched Soapbox Ninja earlier this month.

Litkie became interested in facilitating another social media hub for the community when he heard concerns about censorship on Facebook.

"I was hearing about how people wanted to find another site, because they were worried about Facebook," he said, adding that he heard concerns from both sides of the political aisle. "Our mission is to be as unobtrusive and non-censoring as possible."

While threats will be removed from the platform, posts will not be verified for accuracy.

"Even if the data might not be true, that's up to the original poster. We don't think it should be up to us," Litkie said.

The website's terms and conditions note that users should not "disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site," "Attempt to impersonate another user or person or use the username of another user," "Harass, annoy, intimidate, or threaten any of our employees or agents engaged in providing any portion of the Site to you" or "directly or indirectly make threats towards a person, business or government that describes in detail your motive, intent and ability to perform any physical other other acts against them." The terms also note that user contributions to the website should not be false, inaccurate or misleading; unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, pyramid schemes, chain letters, spam, mass mailings; obscene, lewd, or libelous; harass or threaten any other person or promote violence against a specific person or class of people; or violate any applicable law, regulation, or rule.

Within the first few days of the launch, Soapbox Ninja had 53 users and is averaging an increase of 13 each day.

So far, the website offers multiple features, including chatrooms and games.

"The site has a lot of features similar to Facebook," Litkie said. "As it goes on, people can let us know if there are any bugs or features they'd like to see."

For more information and to sign up, visit soapboxninja.com.


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