February 11, 2016

Trust and Safety Council: Beware of Twitter's Orwellian new censor board

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

In the past few months, we’ve watched social media giants like Facebook and Twitter become more aggressive about banning "hate speech."

One example we told you about before concerned Milo Yiannopoulos. He's an outspoken columnist with Breitbart London who was disciplined by Twitter for having anti-feminist views — even though he himself is a socially liberal gay man.

At the same time, Twitter's stock price has been tanking. Is that because users and investors are disgusted by the company's obsession with policing speech? It's hard to say.

But we do know for sure that, unlike their rival Facebook, Twitter isn't growing. It seems to have maxed out the number of "followers" it can ever hope to acquire. And people spend a lot less time on Twitter than Facebook.

So Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey just unveiled his big plan for fixing all this:

He's appointed a board of censors called a "Trust and Safety Council."

Doesn't that sound Orwellian, or like something you'd hear about in Afghanistan or Iran?

When you hear which groups are on this council, it's obvious that it will be basically a liberal, "progressive" watchdog, to try to crack down on opinions it doesn't approve of.

This is bad news if you like using Twitter, and you're a conservative -- or just a grown up who believes in freedom.

You'd think it would be a corporate disaster, too; why would investors want to pour money into a "communications" company that wants to censor its own users?

Bu Jack Dorsey is no fool. I wonder if he's actually preparing Twitter for entry into the Chinese market, where it is currently banned by the government.

Think about it: Jack could lose every single American and Canadian customer like me, but if he gets the approval of the Chinese government, he could get ten new followers for every one he lost...


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commented 2016-02-11 14:57:38 -0500
Censor board?

More control from elitist establishments.

More lipstick on a pig.