Date: August 17, 2022
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Re: Social media platform discrimination…
…But how does the idea of it “being the right of a private company to exclude and banish” fly…when they host a literal massive chunk of the world population…when they’ve become “the” literal public square…and when it’s a tangible handicapping towards communication and individual people/communities, to deny access?
Keep in mind…many of these platforms have literally malicious people entrusted with implementing the rules. They’ll target people for immutable character traits, and nothing more…Actual quality of character and behavior on the platform, may very well be ignored by these people.
The standard of twitter, is that they’ll subjectively banish you, for no other reason than they personally don’t want you there…They hate you, and they want to get a stab in at you…They want to hurt you, for no other reason than their own hate and malice. These are treacherous people, who do not behave in any honorable way.
I’m glad that they’re brazenly pulling this shit, with increasingly more and more “normal” people…and a lot more people are finally waking up to this problem.
It’s not so simple for the biggest, most culturally entrenched social networks, to just start picking and choosing who they want participating. It becomes clear, they’re just excluding various swaths of the population from the public dialogue…much of which they are hosting, on their massive market place of ideas.
People understand the destructive, erosive, awful and inhumane consequences of this type of discrimination…It happens to marginalized minorities all the time.
Platforms like twitter, for example, have a moral and ethical responsibility to allow open participation…most especially, when there are masses of others on their platform, who are openly making inaccurate claims and dehumanizing slurs towards other demographics of human being.
I do not agree that any business has the right to grow for years/decades, on the back of a populations activities, to entrench itself into their lives for years/decades…just to turn around and exclude all the “inconvenient” people. Without so many of the people who they routinely stab in the back these days…twitter would not have even existed.
My point is…we are long past that point, where a platform like twitter is just a small, inconsequential start up, that can plot whatever way forward it pleases…We have already spent years [a decade or more], being part of its very fabric. You cant just rip that away, and pretend like “it’s all fair and good”.
There is a fair social debt which is owed to the people, by businesses like twitter. This category of business owes us humane, dignified and equal treatment.
It’s disgusting that twitter has turned itself into an extremist hate site…and a massive echo chamber of pre approved “correct speak”.
Jack Dorsey getting the Nobel Peace Prize for deleting twitter?…
…Yeah…point taken…and sincerely appreciated…
All the same…It doesn’t matter what the strict letter of the law, or twitters own TOS, says…It’s manifestly clear, that twitter is run by complete scumbags, in the aftermath of viciously turning on platform members with years of good standing…That twitter has cut loose staff, to conduct an unhinged virtual blood bath against unsuspecting groups and individuals, tells you everything you need to know.
The platform has completely fallen to vicious extremists…It’s a sickening shame, what twitter has devolved into…I remember it being so much better [and more professional], even just four or five years ago.
What’s amazing, is how many people continue to use the platform without even realizing it.