Facebook, Instagram, Threads, and WhatsApp are all owned by a single trillion-dollar corporation. As demonstrated by a recent censorship fight with Meta, this concentration of digital ownership can have negative effects in the real world.

Following the barring of links by an independent journalist and a nonprofit newspaper that released a report criticizing Facebook and charging it with stifling posts about climate change, Meta issued an apology last week. Meta blamed an unidentified “security issue” and denied that it was restricting any information.

On Thursday, all 6,000 stories, or every link the Kansas Reflector has ever shared on Facebook, vanished from the social media site. A warning about the site’s potential security risk was displayed to anyone attempting to publish a Reflector link for a period of seven hours.