Conservative activist and journalist Laura Loomer, who was banned from Twitter last year after the Council on American Islamic Relations lobbied the big tech platform, projected the names of banned individuals onto the home of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey this week to bring awareness to the tech censorship crisis.
Equipped with a laptop and projector, Loomer projected the names including Alex Jones, Infowars, Thomas Wictor, Meghan Murphy, Sabo, Anthony Cumia, Sargon of Akkad and others who have been purged from Twitter onto the garage door of Dorsey’s home. It scrolled through the various names, and the #StopTheBias hashtag popularized by President Donald J. Trump last year.
Loomer was banned last year after making comments critical of Rep. Ilhan Omar. Big League Politics reported that the tech giant was lobbied by CAIR to ban Loomer after the comments, and that Twitter complied with their wishes.
Police eventually arrived after a neighbor complained about Loomer’s protest, though they did not arrest her and instead merely asked her to reduce her volume and leave at a reasonable time. She had not broken any laws.
Loomer also brought a copy of the lawsuit she has filed against Twitter for banning her from the platform in a sealed envelope.
“I’m a generous person, I’m a nice girl,” said Loomer. “I decided to bring Jack Dorsey a copy of my lawsuit, because like I said, I’m suing Twitter, and I’m suing CAIR.”
She also included a copy of an interview Dorsey participated in with Rolling Stone, in which he encouraged protesting and activism.
In addition to Twitter, Loomer was among those banned last week on Facebook and Instagram after Facebook designated several prominent conservatives “hate figures.” Also among those designated “dangerous” by Facebook were Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, and Milo Yiannopoulos.
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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