We live in a world that for several years has been favoring extreme partisanship over dialogue - and the COVID-19 crisis is not helping...
Case two: The President of the United States twitts like crazy, we all know that. No President before him twitted this much. Some of his twitts, we all need to agree, cross the line of good taste - but not more than other politicians and celebrities. One his twitts, seen as promoting violence, was put "Behind a shield" - this means that twitter put a warning about the content of the twitt, and if people want to see the twitt, they need to click again. It does look like a reasonable compromise... until you realize that so many others are doing the same thing but their twitts are not censored. Is there a double standard at play here?
I look back on the history of Twitter and realize that it started as a "free for all" space, when everybody was entitled to say anything. As time went by and the platform grew, some limitations were put in place; but those limitations seem to reflect what they perceive to be the mood of the market. So in that context, it is OK to foot-dragg until a Jewish organization protests rather than touching a British Grim idol; it is OK to put POTUS "behind a shield" because twitter's users do not like him (or so twitter thinks); it is also OK to let Khamenei get away with calls for Genocide because he is a colorful character and get people coming back to the platform, which is what Twitter REALLY cares about.
There have been recently similar issues with Facebook and for many of the same reasons. It also happened with TikTok and with Instagram. So you see, the issue with twitter is not the problem - it is a symptom. A symptom of a society in which the different Media is no longer driven by fairness and is no longer hold accountable; they make decisions based on the market - how many ads they can sell, how much airtime advertising, how many returning users to the Social platform. The commercialization of information is transforming Journalism in a profession more akin to a used-car dealer than a professional newsperson. Of course, there is always the internet news - carefully selected by algorithms working behind your browser to make sure you receive the news you wish to read; that way they will have you coming back...so they can sell more ads!
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