The CEO of Twitter allows President Trump to get away with promoting racism, lies, and ridiculous conspiracy theories and the murder of ALL DEMOCRATS.
I had my account at Twitter suspended more than a year ago for having two identities. One identity was under my full name as it appears in my bylines, and the second was the name 1 Million AD, a Twitter handle that I wanted to use to promote a new book of 11 short science fiction stories.
To this day, I know the real reason my Twitter account was shutdown was I was a steady, nonstop critic of President Trump.
Had I posted or forwarded a Tweet calling for the murder of anyone or group saying…
“The only good Republican is a dead Republican.”
I would have expected my Twitter account summarily to be closed.
The CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey, however, allows Trump daily to do precisely that after six years of threatening people, lying, defaming, slandering, and fabricating conspiracies. The rules of Twitter are meaningless if they are not enforced, and if Jack Dorsey continues to delete Tweets that don’t violate Twitter rules but criticize Twitter for not obeying his own rules.
Twitter removed a Tweet my business partner posted a few days ago. Unlike me, he remains a registered Republican and, like many in Wisconsin, has concluded that Donald Trump’s Presidency is a disaster on several fronts. After seeing the “Cowboys for Trump Video” that has its leader saying the only good “Democrat is a dead Democrat” and then seeing the video with this same man and his group hanging the Governor of Kentucky in effigy outside the Governor’s home. While this was going on, his wife and children slept; my partner was so incensed he tweeted the following…
@Jack get some balls and just kick Trump off Twitter. He needs to go. End of Story.
Twitter quickly took down the Tweet. There was no threat, and there was no video calling for violence. All he did in his Tweet was to object to the rules applying to everyone but the President.
While we applaud the simple action taken by adding a fact check to some of the President’s Tweets, many of his Tweets should have lead to his Twitter account being shut down. My partner and I both believe he should have lost his account when President Obama produced his long-form birth certificate, and Trump continued his birtherism nonsense. From that point on, the President has shown a steady stream of promoting lies and hatred based solely on mendaciousness.
Meanwhile, the criticism of Jack Dorsey was so tame he has proven he has no balls. The attacks on Joe Scarborough and the family of his former employee who died in 2001 as the result of an undiagnosed cardiac defect will eventually wind up with the Morning Show host suing Trump, and end with him collecting millions in a settlement.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, commented that he doesn’t believe social media platforms should become the “arbiter of truth.” Zuckerberg stated…
“We have a different policy than Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg said in comments that first aired Wednesday. “I believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online. I think in general private companies, or especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that. “
Jack Dorsey fired back in a series of tweets…
“We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make. This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.”
In the aftermath of these comments, Trump signed an executive order which still has not been released for review that will attempt to put new restrictions on how social media platforms moderate content. It’s unclear how the order will be enforced, or how much impact it would ultimately have. One thing is clear, Trump is a master of intimidation and regardless that any order will be eventually settled in court, in the short term, social media must contend with the wrath of Trump.
I fully endorse the criticism of Twitter and Jack Dorsey. He doesn’t have the grit or courage to stand up for a free speech or to Donald J. Trump. He and Twitter’s banning me from Twitter and removing my partner’s Tweet calling Jack Dorsey out shows he and Twitter have no sense of proportion or understanding of free speech.