Twitter appears desperate to destroy their innovative micro-blogging platform. Amidst turbulence in the stock market, Twitter has fared poorly in recent months and the social media platform has sought to change things up mainly by working to clamp-down on free expression.
It’s not going well.
Last week, the internet was abuzz with Twitter’s new plan to do-away with the chronological timeline and focus more on an algorithm-based feed more akin to Facebook. However, the strongest attribute of Twitter is the immediacy with which information can spread. Countless events since 2006 have been blogged in real-time with instant tweets and deviating from that innovative approach to reporting is likely to have damaging consequences not just for the company, but for those seeking information about events in progress.
Because of the shake-up, the hashtag #RIPTwitter raced to the number one trending hashtag on Saturday.
Though the outrage in the alternative media world has not simmered-down, Twitter announced on Wednesday that they would be creating a “Trust and Safety Council,” a board that will clamp-down on the free expression of ideas that radical leftists deem to be insensitive, politically incorrect or just plain ol’ conservative.
The council will be comprised of 50 organizations, including Feminist Frequency, a rabidly radical feminist organization whose founder, Anita Sarkeesian, once described calling someone a “liar” as a form of “hate speech.”
Last year, Sarkeesian complained to the United Nations about the supposed danger of online speech that hurts peoples’ feelings. She cited being told “you suck” as an example.
Soon, people like Sarkeesian will be tasked with monitoring speech on Twitter and deciding what is and what is not “hate speech.”
“To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies,” Twitter’s Head of “Global Policy Outreach” Patricia Cartes said in an official blog post.
“With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million users has a part to play, as do the community of experts working for safety and free expression.
That’s why we are announcing the formation of the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, a new and foundational part of our strategy to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.”
The council does not contain a single free-speech advocacy organization, but does host such organizations as the pro-homosexual group GLAAD and the Islamic research center The Wahid Institute.
Free expression has become more and more endangered as society has embraced a perverse obedience to political correctness. Every utterance can be construed to be offensive to somebody and because of this, a systemic repression has occurred din society where the most-sensitive is rewarded for their frailty.
Twitter, it appears, has transformed from a platform dedicated to promoting dialogue and instant communication to just another social media platform looking to suppress one sociopolitical outlook in order to bolster another.
Though it is undeniable that not everything said on social media is nice, what is it that remains so threatening to the left about the free exchange of thoughts or ideas? Good, bad, whatever- the same liberals who clamor the loudest for diversity are the ones who remain so opposed to welcoming a diversity of opinions.
Instead of ramping-up corporate commitments to shielding people from online meanies, shouldn’t we, as a society, do a better job emphasizing the importance of dealing with the unsavory aspects of life? Instead of stressing that they possess a human right to remain free from offense, shouldn’t we stress to our children that the ramblings of followers a thousand miles away is meaningless? That one should not derive their self-worth from online comments?