You may recall I called for a ban of Twitter on grounds of posing a global security threat.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would ban the wildly popular social media app from devices issued by federal agencies.
And several governors have ordered their agencies not to use the app on state-issued devices. This week, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho and Utah joined four other states — Maryland, South Dakota, South Carolina and Nebraska — in issuing such bans.
In related news, and for contrast, Twitter itself is pushing censorship of targets without any transparency or consistency.
On November 6, Musk pledged that he would not ban @ElonJet. “My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk,” Musk tweeted. On Wednesday, less than a month later, Musk reversed course entirely[…]. Hours later, @ElonJet was suddenly back, without explanation, and subsequently suspended for a second time.
Open, censored, open, censored. Chaos.
All that “fire, ready, aim” trigger pulling was only within about a month. It started with a false premise of not caring at all about safety and then abruptly caring a lot, without accountability.
It’s called lying — permanent improvisation of dictatorships — and should diminish if not disqualify Twitter management from governance.
FTX’s CEO is now in deep trouble for the same selfishly unstable antics, and somehow Elon Musk avoids his due.
The Senate by comparison has been deliberating in public among bipartisan representatives; debating merits and risks of raising a safety bar to limit speech.
Maybe they even are discussing what it was like back during the 44 months in America under the Office of Censorship.
…censorship must focus tightly on a narrow objective such as fighting against racism, fighting against pandemic and fighting against… enemies of democracy.
Twitter’s CEO objectively is an enemy of democracy. He has reinstated hate speech and disinformation accounts, while attacking professional news reporters.
Elon Musk’s latest tinpot dictator move is to personally censor technology journalists without explanation.
[Musk] put up a poll with a variety of options, asking if or when he should reinstate the journalists’ accounts. When a plurality of respondents voted to restore the accounts immediately, he deleted the poll….
Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., tweeted that she had met with Twitter representatives on Thursday who said the company would not take action against journalists who criticize the platform. “Less than 12 hours later, multiple technology reporters have been suspended.”
Twitter representatives? Nobody gets to make any decisions in the company anymore except the insecure chief executive firing anyone critical of him. Sounds like China or Saudi Arabia, right?
Something smells rotten.
Tick tock… Tik Tok…