Created by “a guy with a laptop in his kitchen”—who refrains from giving his full name—BANNED.town considers itself nonpartisan and states that they “are conservative in America values which means being liberal with free speech.” The founder continues, “I found it frustrating to not be able to find people who suddenly disappeared and thought that other people may find it frustrating as well” so he decided to create a directory.
Internet users’ reliance on tech giants has grown exponentially over the past few years. As the Web is centralized among the top tech players people often forget that the web is inherently decentralized—users can go DIRECTLY to their favorite content creator’s websites and communicated DIRECTLY with them via newsletters, feeds, and even email, VoIP, and more. If a user wants to find this info, a generic web search will often turn up all kinds of irrelevant or incomplete info (or—even worse—the creator’s site has been suppressed). BANNED.town solves this problem by listing all available (non-personal) contact info for what they call “Infamous Creators” and other content creators.
Visitors are encouraged to submit their favorite creators (or themselves) that have been banned or shadow banned by popular web sites. All entries are reviewed by moderators and BANNED.town doesn’t explicitly host user generated content, so there is no offensive content on the site. However, don’t be surprised to see several controversial people in the directory. BANNED.town’s official statement is “If you think someone’s belief is terrible, please go tell them that because that’s not our job here—actually, it’s our job to help you find their contact info.”
For more information, visit BANNED.town. Note: “banned.town” is one of those new top-level domains that you might have seen around, like “.shop” or “.hotels”. In this specific instance, you can also access BANNED.town at bannedtown.com.