Except they’ve just abandoned moderation in lieu of mass censorship.Hmmm I think their vision is a bit more complex than that.
Like, what would you do if you wanted Twitter but without 90% of the nonsense? A place where people can make lifestyle posts (you’re free to care or not) without being overrun by nazis, and other people can discuss serous events, including the war in Ukraine, without being overrun by nazis.
Whether the algorithm and moderation policies will ever lead to that promised land is a fair question.
The idea is that they do both. For certain terms, the misinfo probably outweighs facts by such a large margin that it makes sense to exclude those terms from search.Except they’ve just abandoned moderation in lieu of mass censorship.
if not censorship, it is at least suppression.The idea is that they do both. For certain terms, the misinfo probably outweighs facts by such a large margin that it makes sense to exclude those terms from search.
And also, IMO, not showing certain words in the search function, is not “censorship.” You can start a threads account today and post all the vaccine (mis)information you want. It will stay up. But if some bot wants to pile on, they might have trouble finding your post.
But hey, if you’re looking for a platform to screech at antivaxxers, quote studies at them, and hope you change some imaginary minds in the process, you’ve got plenty of options already.
sounds like if you post about covid, it doesn't get deleted. it just gets hidden from the search.How is literally throwing certain words or terms down the fucking memory hole not censorship?
I’m not saying it’s good. I do think it’s probably the lesser evil though, and for now at least, a way to prevent threads from turning into a cesspool like Twitter.
But anyway, above all it’s a business decision. If people want a place to “valuable medical information” about whether vaccines are good or bad, or if they want to yell into the void at pro-Russian bots, they can go elsewhere.
But twitter turned Elon’s daughter/son against him.
He was otherwise a great parent lavishing his upmost attention to all his 11 children
It was pretty terrible then too, but yes it was a very valuable tool for disseminating information. Now that Elon has made sure that misinformation and naziism are on equal footing with facts, it’s basically useless as a platform.Twitter wasn't really a cesspool until Elon start putting his thumb on the scale of public conversation. Twitter was a pretty necessary and reasonable well moderated gathering place to get information on controversial subjects from actual experts. Go back to year 1 of the covid thread here on FI for proof of that. When public health departments all over the world were fucking up their messaging to appease lunatics, it was easy and fast to get access to the most recent peer reviewed information on how to protect yourself.
The argument at the time was that right wing conspiracies were being censored on Twitter and we've since learned that to largely be bullshit. If you just moderate honestly (which Twitter, based on their internal discussions, seemed to put a serious effort into pre Elon), you arrived somewhere within the bounds of our shared reality on outcomes. The nutters were mad that their entirely unsupported fever dreams weren't being promoted enough though because conspiracy, bots, etc. All turned out to be bullshit, shockingly enough.
I mean this is no different than threads now though either. Unless you need to know what T-Swift was wearing last Wednesday?It was pretty terrible then too, but yes it was a very valuable tool for disseminating information. Now that Elon has made sure that misinformation and naziism are on equal footing with facts, it’s basically useless as a platform.
Not to say there aren’t still individual accounts that are useful and willing to put up with the nonsense, but those accounts are increasingly finding new homes.