The verification thing had me howling. I don’t follow someone b/c they’re verified (I usually don’t even pay any attention to that), but the verified people are super convinced it makes them more special (and therefore more important), than the ordinary plebes who aren’t verified. So interesting that a social strata develops even within what was essentially a non-egalitarian space. People will grab anything they can to rise in status, until they have to pay $8 a month for it, that is.
Not that that’s a way to bail Twitter out of its financial difficulties either. Coercing a few pennies out of snobs ain’t going to cover the light bill. I have no idea what Musk was thinking. He’s drunk so much of his own kool-aid I don’t think God himself could drive any sense in him.
Yes, there were a good number of verified people who used it like an status things. We all knew it! Musk somehow thought it was a good idea to a)take revenge against them/trolling them or b) capitalizing it. It was an extremely bad idea! But now, because it’s Twitter, we have people acting like the verified system was perfect before him and that some of the more obscure individuals were actually “important” and now the rest of us poor peasants would suffer because we won’t identify their “importance”! Lol
Probably, the solution was to review who and why each individual was verified. Not to do what, according to him, the ex workers were doing: selling verifications to randoms.
I just read this great opinion piece by an ex moderation worker. It’s great because he isn’t just claiming that Musk is doing a pretty bad work (which he is indeed doing it!) but also revealing that nothing has changed: it is still just a very small group of rich tech guys the ones deciding what people should say and see on Internet. Musk is just another one but probably people behind Google and Apple are even more powerful and smart enough to decide the “discourse” in the shadows,
Whose values are these companies defending when they enforce their policies? While the wide array of often conflicting global laws no doubt plays a part, the most direct explanation is that platform policies are shaped by the preferences of a small group of predominantly American tech executives. Steve Jobs didn’t believe porn should be allowed in the App Store, and so it isn’t allowed. Stripped bare, the decisions have a dismaying lack of legitimacy.
It’s this very lack of legitimacy that Mr. Musk, correctly, points to when he calls for greater free speech and for the establishment of a “content moderation council” to guide the company’s policies — an idea Google and Apple would be right to borrow for the governance of their app stores. But even as he criticizes the capriciousness of platform policies, he perpetuates the same lack of legitimacy through his impulsive changes and tweet-length pronouncements about Twitter’s rules. In appointing himself “chief twit,” Mr. Musk has made clear that at the end of the day, he’ll be the one calling the shots.[
Things were better for both free speech and moderation when the majority could decided what content was valuable and which wasn’t. Now it’s just a very few sites owned by the very rich in which everyone is sharing space and the rich guys decide what is right and what’s wrong.
Yes, except for the fact Musk isn’t for free speech when it’s him, personally, who’s getting trolled. Then it’s “off with their heads!” and throw them off the platform. So that raises some questions. Who decides what is acceptable speech and what isn’t? When is the line crossed into hate speech? It’s a sticky situation and now since there are no content moderators it’s become more fascist in its approach. Shout hateful things at unverified accounts all you want but not at the Big Man himself.
Maybe I’m very cynical but I don’t think Twitter is worse or better with Musk.
He is just extremely clumsy! He seems to be a Conservative so he could see what liberal Twitter was doing wrong (because it was kinda outside the bubble) but he clearly isn’t auto critical at all! Or maybe he is a brilliant mind and his real objective is to destroy Twitter! 😉
Well, I just deactivated my Twitter account. Any organization that reinstated Donald Trump is one that I don't want to be a part of.
Elon Musk seemed especially pleased with himself that he instigated this. That's just the last straw for me. His stupid "poll" was his excuse for not using common sense/ a modicum of morality. He indicated that this reinstatement was done under the guise of it being "democratic". It wasn't. It's some kind warped version of a megalomaniac's imagining of what being democratic is. Well, he can sit with his MAGA pals until the company disintegrates but I'm not going to be a part of his "team".
I took a look at Mastodon but it's too hard for me to figure out (maybe I'm just tired) so for now I'm just going to stay on Facebook and tumblr. I lived a long time without Twitter and never suffered so I'll survive quite nicely without it now.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
I wasn’t trying to argue with you, RP, lol. I was just saying what feels right for me, and you are doing what feels right for you. It’s a tough call b/c it’s such a mess right now but mess is my bailiwick. 😂 👍🏼
Truly said jbc. All this drama seems like his entertainment.
That's why I never "announced" that I was leaving Twitter. Not that my leaving would affect the "system" or anything. I just didn't want to be part of his club any more. Any of my few followers (I think I has 15) will already know where to reach me.
And you're right QZ, you have to do what you feel comfortable with. Completely understandable.
I think it has to do with the level of interaction you are invested in on Twitter. If you find that you have a great bond with individuals through Twitter (which is legitimate for sure) then breaking those social bonds would be very difficult and not worth the anxiety of isolating yourself from your contacts.
For someone like me, I hadn't been on Twitter long enough to have it "imprint" on me, so I had much less to lose, I guess.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock