In an article posted on RT.com titled, ‘Chilling effect’: Twitter sees regulation of social media as threat to ‘freedom of expression’ we read about Germany’s new social media law
which threatens social media platforms with fines of up to €50 million for failing to promptly delete 22 different types of illegal messages.
The article goes on to discuss both F & T bemoaning their potential difficulties retaining and managing user content. These same companies have deleted accounts in the past year with no justification to their content providers.(users)
Meanwhile, Twitter has banned RT and Sputnik advertising from the service, for supposed election interference in 2016, despite having initially solicited RT to buy more ads. It has also been embroiled in a controversy for its “shadow-banning” of conservative voices on the 330-million strong platform – when those silenced are not told they have been banned.
Ironically, most of our sources, based in the United States for the most part, have reported publicly on FY&T their difficulties with all three platforms. Keeping in mind Google owns YT, Facebook is being called out by both sides of the free speech debate for the same issues. Twitter also is being called out for the infamous “shadow-banning” practice where a user’s content is visible only to themselves. What is the point again of working to increase your reach on any of these platforms if you run the risk of arbitrary interference from the company’s irrationally applied user agreement stipulations?
Even your humble content provider jn14 had two minor dust-ups with T, recently. Our solution was to begin looking at other platforms for publication back in December, 2017. One wonders just what the hard and fast standard is on any of these platforms. User agreements, can we agree we don’t always read every single word of 5-10 pages of legal-ease, are rife with “gotchas”.
One case from the recently deleted extra content in jn14’s stack of stuff; twitter allowed an account from a middle-eastern user (apparently) who’s sole content was jihadist propaganda calling for kidnapping, torture, beheading and publication of evidence. There was a video until yesterday saved for an #NSFW #NC!7 post on this very subject with regard to persecution of Christians. The video was a propaganda piece in both English and a Mid-East dialect detailing the kidnapping, torture and beheading of several individuals saved for the post for two months before deciding it was unwise to publish that draft article at this time. Compare that type of publicly available content with no viewer filter whatsoever to the types of things folks have received bans, strikes and so on, for in the last three months.
it is time to call out the conduct of users themselves. jn14 has witnessed the most hateful and vile attacks on users who dare to politely ask if an opposition post author can support an assertion with evidence. Think this is exaggeration? Pour yourself a second cup, go to twitter & read what gets posted after the President tweets on any subject. To quote Lionel of Lionel Nation, “Royal Rumble.” Jn14 has witnessed this behavior from those who call themselves Christians in their userIDs and profiles. Where is your integrity, brothers and sisters?
It is ironic we read in a Russian publication the moaning and groaning of companies located in the United States, who’s impact affects Germany among many.
With regard to FY&T, time to rethink your reasons for providing a platform at all. Whom do you serve? FY&T complaining of censorship is just the most delicious irony.
The Shakespearian quote comes to mind,
Methinks the lady doth protest, overmuch…”
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