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Published on July 20, 2016 By Frogboy In Internet

imageYesterday, Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter.  The reason, ostensibly, was that he was targeting Leslie Jones, the actress in the recently released Ghostbusters reboot. It would probably be more accurate to say that it was “the last straw” from Twitter’s point of view given Milo’s engagement with Jones was relatively mild and no reasonable person would argue that Milo is responsible for the abuse his followers do. Twitter’s tolerance tends to be based on the politics of the user in question.

With that out of the way, there is no question whether Twitter, the company, has the right to run its service however it wants.  If it wants to become the hub of social justice warriors to tweet 250 character virtue signals, they can do that.  But here’s the rub: Twitter has repeatedly claimed it wants to become a universal messaging service – like a utility.  You can’t be a universal messaging service if you’re kicking people off for wrong-speech. 

I can say whatever I’d like on the Internet without once worrying whether Comcast or Verizon are going to cut off my service. Twitter, by contrast, not only engages in moderation but is frequently transparent in its politically selective enforcement. If they really wanted to solve this problem would be to provide more intelligent preferences to control who and how people can interact with each other (see every messaging service out there for examples).

The only realistic way Twitter becomes a viable business, and make no mistake, it’s not viable, is if it achieves its stated goal: a universal messaging service. It’s no where near that goal.

If Twitter wants to simply be a really piss poor BBS that’s certainly their prerogative.  But for those who are smugly trying to chide the “freedom of speech” folks for not making the distinction between the private and the public sector, they might well be reminded that it was Twitter that set the proposition that it was the “free speech” platform that was destined to become a utility

Inevitably, Twitter will go away. It’s architected (and thus costs to run) to be a universal messaging service but it’s execution is more like a bad subreddit.  You can’t rely on a service provider who might capriciously end your service.


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on Jul 20, 2016

I've never 'used' Twitter.....or twitted.....had no desire to....never missed it, either...

on Jul 20, 2016


I've never 'used' Twitter.....or twitted.....had no desire to....never missed it, either...

same here! im with Jafo

on Jul 20, 2016

I don't use ANY social networking sites, period.

on Jul 20, 2016

Never cared about Twitter, nor do I now.  It's been lowering the quality of public discourse for years now.

Don't care about Milo the Troll either.  He freely admits he says inflammatory things just to get a reaction out of people, which is the definition of a troll.  He defends it by calling himself a "provocateur" - which is just a fancy word for "troll".

I'm guessing he's thrilled Twitter banned him, as it plays perfectly into his schtick.

I guess I should be happy two worthless things are fighting each other.

 

on Jul 21, 2016

Have scarcely enough time in my day for the 5 email accounts and dealing with texts, phone calls, etc., not to mention places like this.  I don't mind reading them (tweets) as entertainment (especially IowaHawk) but have zero interest in participating.

on Jul 21, 2016

I would not know how to tweet if a bird shit on my head. Never seen the purpose of Twitter, I even stopped reading comments on youtube videos because youtube is not just a video site, it is another hosting ground for trolls and just plain a..holes who write crap just to get a reaction or that they are a..holes who believe the crap that they spew. I am even seriously considering deleting my facebook account. That will be a bit more difficult because it is one of  the ways I keep in touch with my daughter.

I am sick of social media. Everyone is an expert at something or a keyboard warrior who feels the need to tell everyone else the way it should be or should be done. Often they resort to insults and belittle people. In my opinion, some of today's technology has ruined the art of communication. Gone are the days of letter writing or simple phone calls. In all honesty I think I enjoyed the days I had to make a phone call from a pay phone more than carrying a cell phone in my pocket. I know cell phone advocates will play the convenience card and perhaps they are right. We live in a different time but I really do not know if it is a better time.

on Jul 21, 2016

It's official. I just deactivated my facebook account. No more social media crap for me.

on Jul 21, 2016

JuniorCrooks

It's official. I just deactivated my facebook account. No more social media crap for me.

 

Way to go JC! Everyone on the planet should do that! 

on Jul 21, 2016

JuniorCrooks

No more social media crap for me.

Very possible that the world may seem just a tiny bit brighter. 

on Jul 22, 2016

I don't use any of them.

on Jul 22, 2016

I hate the character limitation, so I've never viewed Twitter as a useful tool, and I never joined.

Sure, you can make multiple posts, but it ends up being a series of sound bites. Very hard to have a meaningful conversation...

 

on Jul 22, 2016

JuniorCrooks

It's official. I just deactivated my facebook account. No more social media crap for me.

I haven't used FB in over 5 years. Tumble weeds are accumulating in my account by now.

on Jul 22, 2016

LightStar

I don't use ANY social networking sites, period.

Yep. Me too.

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