Digital Death - Cancel Culture

Brandon McCauley
Brandon McCauley
September 30th, 2021
Results of a survey conducted in September, 2021 regarding social media users and their posts.
Results of a survey conducted in September, 2021 regarding social media users and their posts.

If you haven’t been in a coma within the last few years, there is a high probability that you have heard of the term “cancel culture.” Cancel culture, sometimes referred to as “call-out culture,” is essentially a societal tool that can, in theory, be utilized to culturally ostracize or block someone, thus “cancelling” them. While this is all just speculation, that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been discussed in high frequencies.

The phenomenon has gained tremendous traction within the political sphere, and given how politically driven everything has become, it has woven itself into the fabric of day-to-day discussions. While this particular subject has spread like wildfire, it has also been the source of worry for many individuals.

Public Perception of Cancel Culture

It goes without saying that Americans put a heavy emphasis on privacy, and even we at Redact have given credence to this before. Cancel culture is, by far, no exception to this rule. In fact, the fear of being “cancelled” has greatly contributed to American sentiments regarding their posts:

As shown in the infographic above, a significant number of Americans are worried about their online presence, particularly regarding their social media:

  • Over 1 in 10 Americans are worried that their posts may be contentious
  • Nearly 50% of respondents have opinions that differ from their old posts
  • Approximately 27% of respondents make their social media private when looking for jobs
  • Roughly 20% of respondents avoid posting about politics out of fear

In addition to this, people overwhelmingly want their digital footprint essentially erased when they pass away. Looking back at the infographic, all except one state (Wyoming, 27%) have over 50% of social media users that want their posts automatically deleted upon death.

Have no Fear – Redact is Here

If you are anything like the Americans that are worried about their social media posts – fret no longer! We at Redact have masterfully developed a software that has been designed specifically to diminish your digital footprint. If you have pesky old posts that you want gone but are not sure how to find them in the ocean of other messages, then Redact is perfect for you. It can delete posts that are years old on a variety of platforms, such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. On top of all that, it is entirely free for personal use! Don’t fall prey to the cancel culture scare. Download Redact on either Windows, MacOS, or Linux at redact.dev/download today!