Twitter is a platform I enjoy very much, I’ve met some great people on there and I have many arguments and take no small amount of pleasure in the tears of bedwetters, but let’s take a closer look beyond my personal playground.
You have paedophiles openly shouting how proud they are, discussing age of preference, why the age of consent is bad for barring children from sexual pleasure, oh and they indulge in massive sharing of child porn. But that’s somehow overlooked. You have zoophiles talking about how they adore making love to their consenting partners, how it’s healthy and normal. That’s overlooked.
You have rampant racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, you have trans activists threatening women with physical harm. You have people denying science, abusing intersex people, abusing transsexuals. But that’s overlooked. Granted Twitter is on the ball swinging into action if you hurt someone’s feelings by misgendering them but they’ll look the other way if a random “Antifa” account doxxes someone claimed to be a “Nazi” becuase, hey, it’s okay to punch a Nazi! Or even anyone you decide is a Nazi because they have an opinion that isn’t so far left it would make Stalin cringe.
Yes, they overlook a hell of a lot of dangerous stuff but today they showed they have our best interests at heart. They have banned people with “Guy Fawkes” avatars who post a load of bullshit about politics. That’s right, Twitter have nuked QAnon from orbit so that we can all sleep safer in our beds at night. You can see the Tweet from @TwitterSafety HERE
I don’t know about you but having a bunch of political cosplayers on the site was making me terribly nervous. I was lying awake at night wondering what some random in Ohio thought Hilary Clinton might be up to. And when would the next amazing revelation turn up (well, they didn’t ever turn up did they. But let’s not have that get in the way of a good story!).
Many people are happy because there were undoubtedly some folks using QAnon as a front for their unpleasantness, but which group is immune to that if we’re honest? Furthermore this is a shocking own goal, when you’re in the middle of accusations of political interference and there’s a good chance you’ll see some serious challenges to your claim of being a platform and not a publisher in the future is it a good look to simply nuke thousands of Trump supporters?
I know how the game works, some reading this will now be convinced I support QAnon or Trump but the truth is I don’t have to support someone to point out when something’s amiss. Are you seriously going to sit there and tell me a bunch of political shitposters are somehow worse than what I mentioned above? If your answer is “yes” you really do need to have a word with yourself.
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