One of the largest social media giants in the world banned a video that mocking the mainstream press for spinning every story into a hit piece on President Donald J. Trump and his supporters.
“The Firefighter” is a video created by DWECK comedy group, which had over 2.5 million views on YouTube before it was banned as “hate speech.”
In the beginning of the comedy sketch, the firefighter is being interviewed about saving an entire family from a burning building, and is called a hero. But then the interviewer then spins the narrative, showing the firefighter wearing a Make America Great Again hat and calls him a racist.
“More on this developing story about the racist firefighter who touched Guatemalan children in their home after breaking down their door with an axe,” the interviewer says in the video.
The video ends with the firefighter being fired for his “racism.”
The video is a clear spoof on how the mainstream press dictates narratives by providing only context that it wants its viewers to see, allowing it to frame stories in any way it sees fit.
“Facebook took our viral sketch “The Fireman” (2.5M views) down for ‘hate speech,; and starting removing our content. We won’t take this sitting down. In the meantime, here’s the YouTube version:” DWECK said on Twitter.
Facebook took our viral sketch "The Fireman" (2.5M views) down for "hate speech," and starting removing our content. We won't take this sitting down. In the meantime, here's the YouTube version: https://t.co/ZwELJlPVFH. @dweckshow
— DWECK (@dweckshow) September 30, 2018
Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?
Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?
Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.
The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”
In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.
The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.
Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.
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