After taking a break from the often-lifesuck that is twitter, I thought I could spend the rest of the week getting back into the creative flow— back into writing, fiction, therapy, whatever. But no, recent news had to suck the life out of the room.
Now, what am I talking about? Censorship. It’s getting worse in social media. It’s gotten to the point that police in Western countries are arresting people for comments on Facebook. Yes, in so-called First World countries.
In the United Kingdom, you can and will be arrested for speech out of step with the Communications Act. Today, it may be over ugly speech, in regards to Syria and the migrant crisis, tomorrow, who knows. That’s the disorder of censorship: it’s evil, and people who believe in free speech must not tolerate it.
I disapprove of what you say,
but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
—Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire
Twitter, however, is willing to find ways to censor anyway. It is, in fact, blacklisting accounts, with political bias, and at the same time apparently ‘whitelisting’ accounts it approves of. It’s done in the form of “shadow-banning”: silent, that people don’t even know that their tweets are not showing up in others’ feeds.
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