The neocon news outlet that was infected and subsequently driven mad by Trump Derangement Syndrome has stooped to a new low: celebrating the censorship of conservatives on Twitter.
“Oh no, Jesse Kelly’s twitter account was suspended?! Who could have predicted that. [sic]” said Jim Swift, online editor of Weekly Standard. “I guess there are a few other civil war 2.0 fetishists to follow… for now.”
Basically, the neoconservative crowd is supporting censorship, as long as those censored do not share their exact worldview. Weekly Standard was founded by “Cruise Ship” Bill Kristol back in the days when his pro-interventionist foreign policy and open borders domestic policy was relevant among the Republican establishment, That crowd has since been trounced in favor of President Donald J. Trump.
“If lots of your favorite accounts keep getting suspended maybe consider that your favorite accounts probably suck. It’s not a conspiracy,” he said.
Swift failed to account for the fact that Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who literally called Jews “termites” on Twitter still has an account. Or why there are hundreds of active accounts who that have sent death threats to President Donald J. Trump. It’s almost as if… it is a conspiracy.
“An early Christmas present to twitter users everywhere,” quipped Weekly Standard contributor Kaylee McGhee.
I imagine she thought that was witty.
Aside from the fact that Kelly is relatively mild-mannered, he is also a Marine Corps. combat veteran who once ran for Congress in Arizona and appears frequently on Fox News.
If Kelly can be banned, so can you. And it will happen soon. At least Kelly took the ban lightly.
“I had almost 80,000 followers and those poor people are now left aimlessly wandering the social media landscape in search of a greatness they’ll never find again,” he wrote in a column for The Federalist.
YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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