By Ella Kietlinska and Joshua Phillipp
A software start-up company has launched a new browser that offers a number of privacy solutions, has no censorship, and no fake profiles, in an effort to counter censorship, fake news, invasion of privacy, and the stifling of conservative voices by Big Tech.
The browser, called “The New Internet,” allows people to comment on any website without being censored or de-platformed, Elizabeth Heng, CEO of The New Internet, said in a recent interview on The Epoch Times’ “Crossroads.”Play Video
If someone’s account is censored or banned on a social media platform people can view the banned page on The New Internet, write comments on the top of the page, and share their opinions on it, Heng explained. Every user of the New Internet platform is able to post comments on any page even if they disagree with the content, she added.
However, Twitter considers The New Internet an unsupported browser and does not show any posts on The New Internet—it displays an error message instead. Other social media platforms and many websites support the new browser.
The New Internet and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The browser can have verified users to ensure that people who write comments are “real people,” not just bots and trolls that we currently see on the old internet, Heng said.
The good side of user verification is that “people aren’t able to hide behind sort of fake profiles anymore … [and will] be more willing or more open to having diverse political thoughts and discourse in a civilized way,” she added.
The New Internet does not censor views—any person can comment on any article or website regardless of whether they agree or disagree with the content, so any arguments for any topic can be posted, Heng said.
Heng’s Family Story
Heng’s parents came to the United States as legal refugees from Cambodia when the country was ruled by a brutal communist regime of the Khmer Rouge which was responsible for the deaths of more than 2 million people.
Heng said her parents embraced the opportunities America allowed them and through hard work, they were able to send Heng to Stanford University, where she graduated, and to Yale University, where she got her MBA.
They themselves were not able to receive a formalized education in Cambodia as their high school became the largest concentration camp in the country during the mass killing campaign referred to as “killing fields,” she said. The killing fields were mass graves where people were executed in droves and buried during the Khmer Rouge era.
Heng’s parents “realized the opportunities that were afforded to them by being selected to come to the United States as refugees” and worked really hard to provide Heng and her brothers the things they never had, Heng said.
“They instilled in me that through hard work and determination you can really accomplish anything you set your mind to and so those were the values that I have always held onto.”
This also inspired her to work toward protecting and maintaining these opportunities that America offers for other individuals and future generations to come.
In 2018, Heng was running for Congress and shared on social media her family story of coming to the United States and living through the American dream as a part of her campaign advertising.
“For whatever reason, Facebook and Twitter didn’t like that message and prevented me from advertising and talking about this on their platforms,” Heng said. Her campaign fought back and after a few weeks both platforms relented, once again allowing her to advertise and talk about this topic.
“I was fortunate that at the time I had a platform—I was running for Congress—so I was able to get national attention and news for this,” Heng said.
“But the concern is, what about everybody else who’s not running for office and don’t have that platform?” she added. “They’re not able to make a big news flash. How many of those voices have been silenced daily?”
That experience and the fact that Big Tech can so easily silence people led Heng to create The New Internet.
“[The] First Amendment is paramount to a free society,” Heng said.
“Always speak your voice and be unapologetic about that and be who you are,” Heng said, “because that is one of the fundamental things that have been given to us as Americans.”