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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

"Those people" are at it again

I am not a big Twitter or X guy, haven't posted in that forum for years. 

It is used by some very clever people who seem to specialize in very blithe and cutting one liners but unless you have a zillion followers it is a pretty masturbatory exercise, like talking to yourself in a well.

As everybody knows, one of my least favorite human beings, Elon Musk, bought the platform a while back and immediately set his sights on destroying it. 

He didn't pay his landlords or vendors, overworked his staff in his customary manner and then fired most of them.

Then he let it be known that he was into "free speech" and put the welcome out for the most hateful tweets you would ever not want to see. 

Many people fled, like I did, and he managed to lose how much money? $40 billion?

Well Elon has figured out who cost him the gelt. Three guesses, rhymes with Soros. Of course, it was "those people."

So now he is threatening to sue the ADL, the Anti Defamation League.  He may have taken umbrage at this article, Threads of Hate: How Twitter's content moderation misses the mark. Musk has already filed suit against the Center for Combatting Digital Hate. 

He is claiming that the ADL's statements about rising hate speech on the social media platform have torpedoed X’s advertising revenue.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Musk said US advertising revenue is “still down 60%, primarily due to pressure on advertisers by @ADL (that’s what advertisers tell us), so they almost succeeded in killing X/Twitter!”

Musk also claimed that since he took over the platform in October 2022, the ADL “has been trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic.”

“To clear our platform’s name on the matter of anti-Semitism, it looks like we have no choice but to file a defamation lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League … oh the irony!” he said.

The X/Twitter response to his accusations and his chosen villains has actually been pretty good.

He won't sue the ADL, the discovery would destroy him. But he will certainly go after the little guy who he can bully. I decided to dig a little deeper and actually read the CCDH lawsuit. 

The CCDH wrote an article in November of last year, Fact check: Musk’s claim about a fall in hate speech doesn’t stand up to scrutiny that X/Twitter took umbrage at.

And it is sort of funny. Instead of denying the existence of the hate filled posts he says that the data was illegally accessed and scraped from his platform. Sort of like, well, it is there but you weren't supposed to see it so we can now pretend it doesn't exist.

He also takes issue with the supposition that his platform is overwhelmed with harmful content. I guess that is pretty subjective. X evidently believes that the number of hateful or fake posts is not as important as the amount of impressions that they create. Sort of strange logic if you ask me.

Free speech is one thing but hate speech is clearly another and not terribly hard to discern. The nigger, faggot, kike stuff is not exactly code. And now, thanks to free speech, we can see hateful comments like this on about every online forum imaginable, I even had to change the commenting here at the blast.

Since Charlottesville, the Nazis have come out from their closets, even arriving at Disney World this weekend.

I don't think X/Twitter, Parlor, Gab, Truth Social, 4Chan or any of the other extreme right sites are helping our problems, they are exacerbating the problem and their "free speech" has deadly implications that we see on a weekly basis.

But by all means blame "those people." They make a convenient foil and have to be behind everything, don't they?

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