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Mike Reid February 11, 2016 , 5:21 pm Log in to Reply Vote3
I wonder if Twitter might need to give users a matrix of offensiveness in different categories and according to different criteria so they can craft their own bubbles — but wait, can’t I already do that by just blocking people who irritate me?
Bretigne Shaffer February 11, 2016 , 6:43 pm Log in to Reply Vote0
The difference – or one of them – would be that currently, you have to wait until someone irritates you, or anticipate in some way that they are going to irritate you, before blocking them. It’s more effort from the user, and it also opens the user up to “abuse” (or “irritation”) whenever they post anything. What I am suggesting is a ready-made “bubble” where people know going into it that they are only going to get “friendly” (to the degree specified by the mode they’ve chosen) responses. Way more user friendly for people who want that.
Marchella February 11, 2016 , 7:09 pm Log in to Reply Vote4
I think it’s very interesting to note that Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest shareholders of Twitter, so if you say anything against SA, make comparisons between ISIS & SA or talk about Wahhabism you can get suspended.
Many “conservative” accts that bring up the atrocities of Muslims or take on feminists are getting censored/suspended.
Also changing the platform to algorithms like on Facebook, so Twitter presumes to knows what you ought to see is a very bad idea. Many people left FB to join Twitter because there wasn’t this sort of platform, I hear they are going to be rolling this out very soon.
Bretigne Shaffer February 11, 2016 , 7:18 pm Log in to Reply Vote2
Marchella, yes, exactly. If Twitter is seen to be catering to certain groups or interests by filtering content to their advantage, then that is going to be very very bad for Twitter. You can’t have a successful platform for open communication if there is a broad perception that you are censoring content – especially if you are censoring it in favor of one group/ideology over another.
Re: the algorithm thing, my understanding is that they are rolling it out as an option users can select, not as the only option.
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