My decision to get off of social media is looking better and better with each passing day.
Let’s scan these stories . . .
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the company’s decision this week to put Infowars’ Alex Jones in a seven-day “timeout” after Jones urged his viewers to ready their “battle rifles” against the media.
Dorsey said he resisted banning Jones, the embattled conspiracy theorist and radio host, despite calls to do so, some of which came from inside Twitter.
“We can’t build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe,” Dorsey told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an exclusive interview.
Nobody believes you, Jack.
“We’re always trying to cultivate more of a learning mindset and help guide people back towards healthier behaviors and healthier public conversation,” the 41-year-old co-founder of Twitter said.
So Jack wants to be a nanny? I liked businesses better when they just wanted to make money and weren’t out to save the world.
Some of those efforts backfired last month after some high-profile Republicans accused Twitter of “shadow banning” their accounts by restricting users’ ability to find them through the search function. Twitter denies that it was targeting conservatives and says that the incident was an error resulting from their efforts to down-rank certain behaviors on the platform.
“We identified this as an issue, it was a mistake, we fixed it within 24 hours,” Dorsey said. “We want to be clear that we do not shadow ban according to political ideology or viewpoint. We do rank the timeline and we do that with the principle of relevance, but all the content is still there — you just have to do more work to see it.”
Amazing that these mistakes always seem to flow one way. What a coincidence!
Just yesterday, I got locked out of my main Twitter account (@jtLOL) for 12 hours:
Then it was restored, with the following in lieu of an explanation:
What rule did I break? I have no idea, and apparently they’re not going to tell me. How do I avoid breaking that rule again? Beats me. It’s tough to avoid repeating the infraction if I don’t know what it was. (Good lookin’ out, Franz Kafka.)
Several other non-liberals I know also got a 12-hour lockout at the exact same time. Why? They don’t know either.
Again, this isn’t about Alex Jones, or whether you personally like guys like Stefan Molyneux (whom YouTube is gearing up to ban), or the rights of private businesses, or any of that. It’s about entities with enough power and money to be their own countries. Remember: many of these big tech companies are in bed with politicians and act at their behest, or have the cash to influence these politicians to vote for stuff that benefits big tech.
It’s like every left-wing dystopian nightmare about “MUH RUNAWAY CORPORATE POWER!” come to life, just run by left-wing Marxists instead of free-market capitalists.
Get off these platforms. Or at least, find alternative platforms that aren’t openly hostile to you and everything you stand for. After all, you don’t own your content. You’re a digital tenant. Pour years into building a product and earning a living on one of these platforms, and it can be over in a snap.
If you want to keep in touch with people, start an email list. Or text or call them.
Support independent platforms if you must be on social media.
Remember: If you do not agree with the people running big tech 100%, or are effective using their platforms to mobilize people against their ideology, you are their enemy. These people hate you, and they don’t care about making money.