Nero Fiddles, Twitter Burns

When Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a blogger for the conservative news website Breitbart.com who used the Twitter handle Nero, Yiannopoulos reacted with characteristic modesty. He told the New York Times the ban launched “the beginning of the end for Twitter.”

Oddly, Yiannopouolos may be right. In February, the social media platform announced its “Trust and Safety Committee.” With Orwellian overtones, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety.” The San Francisco startup invites all comers to post their thoughts by name or anonymously. The more outrageous the tweets, the more attention they attract. Unbowed, Twitter HQ gets all sanctimonious when trolls get nasty. Like, who knew that would happen?

Conservatives knew that the Twitter panel, comprised of left-leaning organizations, would target the right. Their suspicions were confirmed when Twitter promptly shuttered the account of Robert Stacy McCain, an anti-feminist blogger. Twitter would not disclose which Tweets led to McCain’s ostracism. Likewise Twitter won’t stipulate which Tweets were the reason Yiannopouolos had to go on Tuesday.

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  • That’s a relief for me! Theres one more useless waste of time that I never got sucked into and now its sliding down the great razor blade of existence without me.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Despite working in technology I am always a late adopter of it.
      By the time I figured out MySpace it was gone.

      • El Martyachi

        … for suckers.. this whole “technology” thing.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Through hole circuit boards are pretty much where I am at.

          • El Martyachi
          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Except I really do work on circuit boards.

          • El Martyachi

            … that was gonna get posted no matter what, in a manifest destiny sorta way. It was either here or in response to mamba’s pointy sticks comment, and I’ve been harassing her enough already.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I know.

          • El Martyachi

            … and I won’t hold that against you.

        • Petrilia

          Shall I tell you about my 6 tomato plants? They are all looking good. That’s my news .I only liked twitter to retweetso I didn’t have to keep reams of paper
          Ohterwise twitter has become filth and hate. My tomatoes are sensitive and do not need hate. I really don’t give a good g damn about Twitter, let it die.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I want to eat your tomatoes.
            On burnt toast slathered with bacon grease and seasoned with a little salt and pepper.

          • El Martyachi

            That’s borderline pornographic.

          • A couple pictures I took Wednesday morning.

        • infedel

          the baby boomers created it and all the millennial did was market apps…and play with our inventions

          more really cool stuff from 50 year old baby boomers in Poland

          https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160718133218.htm

          http://www.sciencealert.com/physicists-just-created-a-hologram-out-of-a-single-particle-of-light

          • El Martyachi

            … not enough for me to forgive them..

          • infedel

            yeah; some baby boomers (me ’61) allowed the left marxists multi culti and commies and third world invasion into our system and know it will ruin all of what our forefathers gave us and spent centuries building…(we learned late; had to skip parents and go to grandparents and first historical accounts) yet I look at my children and they say no to their university indoctrination….there is hope..some of us fought it at great cost….and some of our kids will not let their national identities be wiped away for globalists.

        • Sticks. All we need is pointed sticks.

    • lolwut?

      Twitter and Facebook can be fun for trolling libtards and groups like BLM.

      I had Black Lives Toronto trying to hunt me down at the CBC
      which I filled in as my employer on Facebook trying to get me fired.

  • Clinton

    Regardless of their political ideology, investors tend to be very pragmatic
    when it comes to their own money, and Twitter stock is currently at about
    20% of the valuation it had a year ago. Let CEO Dorsey run Twitter into
    the ground alienating people with his arbitrary bans– someone else will
    start up a Twitter-like platform without the Orwellian censorship, and Twitter
    will slide into well-deserved obscurity.

  • Petrilia

    Looks like Twitter is on its last legs. Too bad it turned in the sewer that it has.

  • infedel

    lemming millennials

  • lolwut?

    I read somewhere that I can’t remember that Wikileaks has threatened to create
    a Twitter alternative and drive them out of business.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Like any other business, social media needs competition to grow successfully.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The only practical response to Twitter’s totalitarian suppression is violence. Firebomb Twitter, target their execs.