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Twitter: Not a Platform for Activism But for AstroTurfing and Manipulation by States and Plutocracy



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Summary: More people are finding out that social control media is all about control; it is controlled by states and oligarchs, it's not a grassroots tool

THE past month's news coverage about Twitter was music to our ears because it said things we had been saying for a long time. A lot of the problems in Twitter are belatedly receiving light, including the bots and the spam, not to mention interference by states. See "Twitter grapples with Chinese spam obscuring news of protests" (Jeff Bezos Post) and countless articles like this one in our batches of daily links (almost a dozen in total, certainly more than half a dozen). An associate has said this is "just like Goatse and co on Slashdot, same purpose..."

This isn't limited to China. The world's "democratic" countries do the same thing. They not only manipulate social control media (they have army units devoted to this task), they even join hands with Communist China in this illegal agenda, doing cooperative self-promotion.

"A lot of people are going to learn the hard way that controlling one's own platform is the safest way forward."It is meanwhile being alleged that Twitter purges left-leaning users as if it's a new thing or a fresh revelation that Twitter engages in mass censorship based on political orientation. "No one should've honestly believed Elon Musk would use his ownership of Twitter to champion free speech," this article says. Well, obviously. This is why people ought to stop renting space on other people's platform; they need to make their own and 'federation' should be done directly, e.g. over RSS (not a centralised or federated environment; use real syndication).

A lot of people are going to learn the hard way that controlling one's own platform is the safest way forward.

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