Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced new policies to police behavior on the site which to the casual observer probably seem just fine.
According to BuzzFeed News, Dorsey says the goal now is to focus on “conduct and behaviors on the system,” which may be in violation of Twitter’s terms of service.
A few of the “signals” that Twitter will use are whether you’re tweeting a lot of people you don’t follow, “how often you’re blocked by people you interact with,” and the most ominous sounding signal of all: “whether your account is closely related to others that have violated its terms of service.”
This is all well and good if you think the the behavior of millions of people can and/or should be controlled by a handful of millennials working in one of the most liberal cities in the United States.
Worse yet, they all work for a guy who thinks that there is just a little too much political diversity in this country:
Twitter Founder, @Jack Dorsey, faces backlash after Tweeting an article praising California’s One-Party Democrat Rule; suggesting this would be a great model for the whole country. The irony is that Twitter is successful BECAUSE of its diversity of opinion https://t.co/t8LVJDeryW
— David Wordsmith (@WordSmithGuy) April 9, 2018
The problem with the people who create popular social media platforms is that they never have the chance to be normal users of them. As such, they are a bit removed from what makes the platform attractive to the common folk, even if they are the ones who created it.
For the most part, Twitter has been the Wild West of the prominent social media platforms. Anyone can follow anyone. There are a lot of crazy people. It’s messy.
All of the above are what made Twitter popular and Jack Dorsey very wealthy.
Like Americans of yesteryear who headed to the West, no one goes to Twitter looking for a safe and easy time. At least they didn’t when the site was getting popular.
As with almost everything fun now, the Social Justice Warriors showed up and ruined everything. They wake up with their feelings hurt then spend every bit of energy they have for the day finding more things that they can complain about.
It doesn’t take more than ninety seconds of looking at Dorsey’s tweets and actions as CEO to realize he identifies heavily with the SJWs.
Twitter is a publicly traded company and Dorsey can make up whatever rules he wants as long as his shareholders are happy. People like me (conservative) only have a problem insofar as the rules seem to have been arbitrarily applied in the past.
Conservatives have complained about having their followers targeted in mass purges. The suspensions are more problematic. A lot of conservatives I’ve known have had their accounts suspended for days, weeks, and even months with no word from Twitter at all as to the reason. My PJ Media colleague Bridget Johnson had her account suspended for three months. One day it was back up, with no explanation whatsoever.
People who are suspended are presumably in violation of Twitter’s terms of service, are they not? If so, wouldn’t it be helpful to know specifically which term or terms?
That would seem to be logical if the real goal were to police everyone and apply the rules fairly.