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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Quit Twitter

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Summary: There are ethical and practical reasons to leave Twitter (we've included many examples in Daily Links and we've named many reasons this past year); considering the way things have gone since Thursday night, fears and concerns were justified and it's time to quit Twitter

THE events of the past few days, including the strident "you're fired!" attitude of the new owner, ought to tell us a lot about things to come. Chaotic disarray is only the start, including site performance issues, and all this will be further worsened when a lot of the staff is laid off and misinformation is likely to stick (selectively, depending on the owner's agenda). Is that a step in the right direction? Worse yet, bullying, doxing, and death threats/insurrection will be harder to judge/assess without some form of human moderation. That's not about advocating censorship; we just think that the ability to curtail crime is still important, though sometimes Twitter is selectively used to actually encourage crime (or "revolution") in countries outside the US. The new owner has openly called for 'regime change', in effect attacking other countries' democracy so that he can get cheaper batteries for his company. This will be further exacerbated. Twitter is a weapon of war. Anyone who participates in Twitter basically helps militarism.

"There are many things that are much better use of one's time."There is s difference between free speech and inciting to do illegal things (which are unethical too). Even if there's a will to stop that, staffing capacity perils may mean that such stuff can prevail and thrive. That's just how social control media works and this is why it's alluring for campaigns of defamation.

That's aside from Twitter being proprietary, a spying machine that now gives extensive dossiers to a murderous Saudi family and a fraudulent narcissist from South Africa. So what to use instead of Twitter? Maybe nothing. Social control media is bad use of time and is bad for mental/physical health. There are many things that are much better use of one's time.

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