……………………………………MAY – 2020
It’s a new record high!
I wasn’t aiming for this, but there is so much going on right now, we blew through the last record high [February 2020].
Date: May 31, 2020
“In this episode of The Common Good, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses the horrific police killing of George Floyd, how white protesters with AR-15s and Confederate regalia were allowed to storm state capitols to demand reopening while black protesters advocating for racial justice were met with tear gas, how the temporary relief passed by Congress will soon expire even as the economic crisis continues, why Trump and McConnell refuse to lift a finger to intervene, and how Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is exploiting this pandemic to funnel money to private and religious schools.”
As to the Trump Twitter fiasco…
…I think the most charitable thing to contemplate on behalf of Trump…is that he may be experiencing some sort of dementia, at his age…Potentially, he is not just callously lying, out of pure contempt…and pure self serving…
That is speculation, however…and given his past…well…this seems to be a normal pattern of behavior for him…so…
Of course, I have serious concerns over anyone at Twitter deciding…that people behind the scenes are allowed to follow a user around, and alter their tweets…or account settings [as has happened to myself]…
…This is not something that should be happening…especially not by unaccountable, faceless people with their own bias…
I can tell you from personal experience…whenever some hostile bozo alters your personal account [not Twitter wide policy changes, just someone targeting you], and starts imposing themselves on you in a manipulative manner…that is targeted harassment and bullying.
…and there is no getting around this.
Trump has himself to blame over this…but make no mistake…this is still a very messed up precedent, for Twitter to be establishing.
What Twitter is currently doing, could seriously come back around to bite the MAP community hard…and not just by appending biased, skewed or wrong information to the tweets of MAPs…but by getting the government legitimately involved in the debate over whether Twitter has the legal protections of merely being a communication platform…or whether it is an actual editor…
…They need to stop this B.S. of behaving like an editor…
If their status changes…and they are held liable as an editor…they assume legal responsibility for everything published on their website…and there is no way in hell, they can monitor this volume of content…It will kill the platform…and if Twitter were to survive, they’d have to dramatically change their own structure…You can rest assured, their likelihood of standing up for marginalized, demonized communities would become almost [if not literally] nonexistent.
If Twitter simply goes down…that’s another obvious problem for MAPs, as it’s one of the few major platforms which tolerates our open participation…We have a very long established history there…We don’t need to be losing communication platforms.
Anyway you look at this, it really is only a threat to unpopular people with unpopular opinions.
YouTube needs to stop doing this crap, also.
Date: May 31, 2020
“Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not the arbiter of truth.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called out Twitter for attaching a fact check to a tweet from President Trump, telling Fox News’ Dana Perino that privately-owned digital platforms should not act as the “arbiter of truth.”
“We have a different policy than, I think, Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg told “The Daily Briefing” in an interview scheduled to air in full on Thursday.
TWITTER EXEC OVERSEEING FACT CHECK EFFORT HAS HISTORY OF ANTI-TRUMP TWEETS
“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he added. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.
Date: May 31, 2020
“COVID-19 survivors who were critically ill describe frightening experiences in the intensive-care unit. “I was positive they were trying to kill me,” one young patient says. She was experiencing ICU delirium.