I may have been a faithless blogger here, but I’ve been pretty faithful to Twitter for the last few years. I feel I should apologize for that because of all the others who also left long-form blog sites for Twitter and Facebook, but you’re probably not looking for that. I’ve had a lot of fun on Twitter, and a lot of it has admittedly been frivolous so not worthy of a LiveJournal or WordPress missive.
But I’ve just about had it with all the bad actors on Twitter, the Nazis and other far-right instigators, oppressors of women and black people and other minorities, uncivil arguers, and others who’ve only seemed to grow in numbers and vehemence in the last few years. Sure, their opponents often reply in kind, just as vulgar and obscene in their word choices, but — that’s the way social media goes.
The worst of the bad actors, though, includes Twitter itself. I’ve read many accounts of individuals who, in trying to combat the bad guys on the verbal field of battle, are disciplined by Twitter’s enforcement staff and automated tools. What appears to happen is, the person who disagrees with a Nazi is mobbed by bots on the Nazi’s side, with multiple reports submitted to Twitter with the result that it’s the anti-Nazi who gets bounced from Twitter for a day or forever. At this point, the honchos at Twitter just shrug. They do nothing to the initiators, who live to spread their filth another day.
I’ve just about had it.
I posted that today. I enjoy Twitter a lot. It’s fun. I rarely use it to promote controversial viewpoints, though I’m sure people know where I stand on most things because some of my views seep in. So if Twitter was suddenly cut out of my life, I would miss it. But sacrifice is what makes a statement or action mean something. So if I’m not satisfied that Twitter is mending its ways, I’m quitting it.
They could go a long way by getting Donald Trump off the service, to be honest. But I just want to stop seeing people getting bounced for behavior less egregious than the haters and would-be destroyers of the society we think we have.