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One Week After Twitter Being ‘Abandoned’ the Sole Regret is Not Doing That a Lot Sooner

Posted in Deception at 9:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Techrights is not in social control media and it helps keep Techrights more focused (and leaving Twitter behind lets me publish more in Techrights)

Social control media

Summary: The social control media phenomenon (sites like Twitter and Facebook) is counterproductive and corrosive; Techrights isn’t on social control media and I too gradually cut down on it

THE DECISION to leave Twitter 'in spirit' about one week ago was probably the best decision made so far this year. This social control media or ‘flame machine’ is busy promoting another World War right now and it is banning several left-leaning people I know (while letting hate and racism carry on unabated, including from influential accounts). See this new example. The list of things I dislike about the platform:

  • Ads, even inside one’s timeline and notifications (it has gotten more aggressive over time). That isn’t always trivial to block.
  • Suggestions of topics and people to follow, with no option of disabling those. This infringes on neutrality principles and lets Twitter set the agenda.
  • Various kinds of abuse, including death threats and online mobs that distort their targets' words.
  • General waste of time and mental clutter.
  • Censorship and surveillance.
  • Misinformation. Lots of it.

The sole argument I have for not completely deleting the account is that it still gets many impressions (with no extra effort on my part), albeit fewer over time, despite growth in so-called ‘followers’ and number of ‘tweets’ (which peaked around 2019). Here’s the data for the past 4 years (3-4 years ago is, in my experience, roughly the time when Twitter felt like it was already losing its mass appeal, then cutting off access to third-party software and adding loads of ads instead).

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As can be seen above, the peak was around the time of the last US election (latest? Last ever?). Back then we also closely covered the EPO scandals and people interacted a lot more about it over Twitter. There was an actual discussion back then. Nowadays? Hardly…

“Those aren’t services but for-profit companies with a political agenda.”It certainly feels (and has felt for a number of years) like Twitter is stagnating. Whatever benefit or appeal it used to have (like using one’s software of choice to access the data) is mostly gone by now. We used to have a real-time IRC timeline for Twitter; this all ended when APIs were withdrawn (after about a decade), leaving us with little access to the underlying communications. The lesson of the whole story? Those aren’t services but for-profit companies with a political agenda. There’s absolutely nothing social about them except social control or social engineering.

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