Twitter briefly and immeasurably improved by removal of Donald Trump


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/11/03/twitter-briefly-and-immeasurab.html


#2

Still… freedom of speech tho’


#3

Hey man, I just want the freedom to express myself by smearing shit on your walls.


#4

America was great again, at least for a few minutes.


#5

How can I buy that person a drink?

D827B6FB-45C3-4037-8F7E-2DFD5AD110E5


#6

It’s a little bit too bad, though, because this guarantees us a week of shouty idiots going on about “leftist” tech companies censoring them.


#7

If a random Twitter employee can shut down the President’s Twitter account then what’s to stop a Twitter employee from posting Tweets in his name? This could be a genuine National security risk.

Granted, it’s difficult to imagine anything they could write that would be more dangerous or inflammatory than the genuine tweets coming from the current POTUS.


#8

Sure, it’s almost as if Twitter is a casual social media platform meant for posting memes and jokes and videos and photos of your lunch, and not designed for the President to post policy decisions at 3am.


#9

So it IS possible to shut down the most vile twitter account on the internet.


#10

Correction: an outgoing Twitter employee applied Twitter’s Terms of Service to a highly visible account, but Twitter management quickly overrode the decision and allowed the offending account to continue. Twitter bots in the hundreds of thousands were said to be greatly relieved.


#11

That person should have posted something like: “Hey Putin! We did it! Thanks for your help. It’s all yours now. Signed yours colluding, DT”

And then unplugged the account.


#12

No longer true. As soon as people started pointing out that 45 was violating the Twitter ToS, Twitter bravely rewrote their ToS to exclude newsworthy tweets and people.


#13

So you can be suspended for an offensive tweet seen by five people but not for an offensive tweet seen by five million people?


#14

@totallyrealDonaldTrump: “I’ve authorized the deployment of stealth bombers to strike North Korea and China. Make Asia Glow Again.”

Faux News: “President Trump bravely launches preemptive strike on 'Murica’s hostile enemies.”

@realDonaldTrump: “No, that wasn’t me…”

Boom!!!


#15

They might be idiots, but they’re not wrong. Lefty tech companies filter out conservatives (ignoring the censor/filter trap)

They’re liberal - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2802573/almost-silicon-valley-s-political-donations-liberal-candidates-new-data-reveals.html

And they filter out stuff that they don’t like -

Hell, they even filter out ads for cutting tools.

http://www.thetruthaboutknives.com/2017/10/avoid-facebook-knife-sale-censors/


#16

Pretty much. Also, offer void if you’re female (see Rose McGowan).


#17

Bravo.
Slow clap.
Standing.

This should happen each and every day, randomly.


#18

So you’re pointing out examples where the Grand Old-Boys’ Party of Segregation, Xenophobia, Sexual Harassment, Religious Intolerance, and Gun Violence is being censored by private companies simply for posting their totally legitimate political positions.

I think I understand.


#19

One can almost imagine the scene at the White House…

Kelly: Mister President, someone has deleted your Twitter account!
Trump: It must be the DEMS! I know, I’ll tweet about it.
Kelly: But sir…
Trump: Oh, yeah…


#20

It’s all about monetization. And Trump puts Twitter on the headlines every couple of days: free publicity.