#FreeToo breaks internet as free speech goes viral | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 11, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:21 AM, April 12, 2020

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#FreeToo breaks internet as free speech goes viral

The Covid-22 outbreak continues to upend the world order.

Since the virus's outbreak was declared a pandemic in 2022, it has caused a massive loss of human lives, to the point that within a year, all international agencies had stopped keeping count and the world en masse gave up on data analysis.

It has since been up to the ordinary people to protect themselves.

That had an unintended benefit which by now has seen previously "third-world" or "under-developed" countries rapidly catching up with their "first-world" counterparts.

A feature of such countries were authoritative governments with little room for dissent from the subjugated.

The new normal had become everyone wearing caps, sunglasses, masks and gloves to guard against the transmission of the virus. In nations with authoritative governments and insecurity acts enshrined in the law, any form of public dissent led to disappearances, with journalists being hit hardest.

But by 2023, most of the public, including journalists, all over the world, started posting videos of themselves criticising the powers that be tagged with the hashtag #freetoo.

In the videos, people can be seen donning protective equipment so none of them can be recognised and therefore none can be punished.

Injustices exposed, ideas shared freely, tyrants' wings clipped, progress even amid crisis.

Of course, there was initial resistance from the powers that be. People claiming to be heads of states posted videos asking that none can post videos with their faces covered. But as the politicians had their own faces covered as well, no one believed it was actually them.

(The article above is a work of pure fiction and satire. Any resemblance with any person, organisation or entity living or dead is purely coincidental.)

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