For a while diablog used twitter. It was an experiment. We had some fun, learned a lot, and then we grew tired of it.
From around 2010 twitter was an interesting platform. It developed into a news or PR channel. On twitter you could read news, before they became news. Twitter was a preferred channel of Wikileaks, Anonymous, Occupy Wall Street, and many other individuals and groups. Twitter was an important communication channel during the Arab Spring and other ‘world events’.
One reason for its importance was, that Twitter was against censorship. While other internet platforms like F*c*book closed accounts quickly, demanded real names and cellphone numbers, Twitter stood out. You could remain anonymous on twitter. A prime example is @avunitanon, the last member of notorious LulzSec, who is not identified. At least officially.
Now twitter is changing. It has joined the other politically correct, pussy footing, censoring platforms. The fig leaf is “hate speech”. This is the announcement: https://blog.twitter.com/2016/combating-violent-extremism
Now twitter is proud, that:
Since the middle of 2015 alone, we’ve suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS.
We cooperate with law enforcement entities when appropriate. In July 2015, FBI Director James Comey recognized Twitter’s commitment to blocking terrorist content, praising us as “very good and thoughtful and hardworking at trying to shut down [terrorism-related] accounts.”
Less than six months ago, in September 2015, twitter was proud to have Edward Snowden using its service. I guess that will change, when the new twitter buddies from the FBI – or their friends from the NSA – want some more ‘commitment’.
The lesson from this?
Use the internet, not internet platforms. If you want to say something, do so on a website you control. Do not expect any internet platform platform to act in your favor or on your behalf.
Our Idiot of the Day Medal goes to twitter.