We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all users are created equal. That to secure their rights, networks are created, deriving their just powers from the consent of the networked.
That whenever any network becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the Users to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new network.
The present Silicon Valley has its direct aim to establish an absolute Tyranny over our users. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have spied on us and sold our data to advertisers without our Consent,
They have banned our accounts without the benefit of Trial by Jury,
They have created unreasonable, arbitrary rules to allow staff to become superior to users. Their staff are allowed to break their own rules without any punishment,
They have created oversight committees based on their will alone and not the consent of the users,
They have excluded us from their code development process, giving us no right to representation,
They have banned users who protest the invasion of their rights on pretended terms of service violations,
They have obstructed the free transfer of data to prevent users from leaving their network,
They have banned free software from their platforms and prevented compatibility across different networks. They deplatform their competitors under false pretenses, so that no competition exists,
They have declared us as extremists out of their protection and allowed death threats against us,
They have stolen our code, manipulated our data for profit, locked down our computers, taken away our jobs, and ruined the well-being of our users.
Corporations who show themselves as Network Tyrants are unfit to be the admins of a free network.
We, therefore, the users of IRCNow, appealing to God, the Supreme Judge of the World, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Servers are, and of Right ought to form a Free and Independent Network.