Sunday, November 26, 2017

Spiked: Twitter Has Turned Its Back On Free Speech

It's also apparently started to de-"verify" and/or kick people off if it disagrees with their beliefs or actions off of Twitter. That is: you might get kicked off for publishing an op-ed that's "not in keeping with the company's values." (Note: not sure that phrase is Twitter's: it's Spiked's.)
   This is part of a general purging of right-of-center opinion from "social media."
   Nobody on the left seems to care about this, do they?
   Here's an honest question: is it entirely accidental that the stupidest "social media" platform--the one that encourages emotional outbursts and virtue signalling and makes intelligent discussion and the development of even moderately complex reasoning almost impossible--has also aligned itself with the PC/progressive left?'s an attractive hypothesis to me, but Google and Facebook have basically gone over the Dark Side as the answer's probably yes, it's an accident.


Blogger Pete Mack said...

All of those companies got burned by the Russians last election, with bots and genuinely fake news sites. They have every right to kill those accounts. And I understand entirely why they would wish to dissociate themselves from Richard Spenser. Expecting a company to supply a soapbox to--you know--actual Nazis is...not a really convincing free speech argument.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Nobody said they didn't have a right to do so.

It's *their* business.

But they're not just nuking Richard Spencer. They're systematically discriminating against conservatives and others who violate PC norms.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Pete Mack said...

The article you linked named *only* Spenser. It'd be a better argument to name the guys that are not Nazis (or conspiracy theorists. Giving time to them is something no ordinary company would rationally do either.)

10:07 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

You do realize it's extremely widespread, right?

10:15 PM  

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