Twitter is a private company and can do whatever it likes with its platform. It is however completely within bounds to highlight when the company essentially engages in a propaganda mission as it appears was the case here. It is unlikely that tweets would have been censored for some other politician, particularly of a different political stripe. That this was done behind the backs of other senior leadership at Twitter is also interesting. It would have been better if Twitter had been up front about its censorship.
This is a steady slide. Certain speech is to be celebrated. Other speech is to be crushed. Dissent to be extinguished. The state is who is in control.
“You think your social media will save you? You think you’ll be able to express your backward ideas in freedom, like a free person? You don’t even know that you are under our heel. Get in line and do as your betters command. We control the government. We control the universities.
We did a similar story on this sort of thing a few months ago but in light of the recent Facebook flap over “conservative” news we thought we’d post another one about Twitter.
In my Tweetdeck feed this tweet came through tonight. I don’t follow this person. He just used a hashtag I follow.
I decided to see what was so offensive that it needed a trigger warning so I clicked on “view content.”
This is what the uncensored tweet looked like.
I am going to guess that there is a simple answer to this. One which isn’t ridiculous. But I did stumble across this a moment ago and was surprised.
Twitter has a setting which censors “offensive material,” porn, murder scenes, other graphic content, and I am actually OK with this. Twitter is a private company and can censor what it wants (though if it really censored content it would affect the value of the company) and one can opt out of this censorship anyway.
A pretty evenhanded bit of analysis of Trump, his followers, and social media from of all outlets, The New York Times.
I founded (and still run) Exelorix Consultants which initially helped small and medium sized businesses figure out what to do in social media. I founded it in early 2009 before many people had seen social media’s potential, especially from a business standpoint. For a couple of years I actually had to convince many business owners that social media was even important.
We met him.
Twitter is a private company and can do what it wants. But on an ethical basis this policy doesn’t seem right. Tweets tweeted out by politicians after they’ve been drinking are great entertainment.
In 2009 I founded a company (of one, me) called Exleorix which focuses on how businesses (and others) can use social media effectively. It warms my heart to see this story.
Believe it or not we are just getting started with social media. There are many areas where it will grow further. Virtual reality plus social media is right around the corner.
The idea that social media can be used to cut through red tape is exactly the kind of idea which inspired me 6 years ago.
This isn’t new but it deserves attention. Much of life, and especially political life is engaged in online these days. It’s no surprise that the government is interested in controlling what goes on there.
In the interest of keeping information flowing. Plus it’s a cool map. From The Huffington Post.
Photo: The Guardian
That seems reasonable. The people behind the account were making fun of the Mayor. Don’t these punks have any respect for authority?
Incredible picture. I think this is from the Saint George News.
This should be interesting to watch.
And he’s got a hit list too. No kidding, he posted a list of econometricians he is going to put under a spotlight and take down.
Some pretty crazy images from Watertown today.