According to Twitter’s CEO and founder Jack Dorsey, the US is now experiencing the same type of civil unrest we observed during the Arab Spring, i.e. a series of political coups, revolutionary riots/protests and civil wars, just like we’ve seen a few years ago in the Arab world.
Twitter is one of the biggest social media companies in the world and it had a very rough past few months, including a sinking stock price and a number of high level staff departures.
However, Jack Dorsey is still optimistic with regard to Twitter’s future, seeing its influence in society remaining basically unchanged, if not growing. Dorsey was quoted as saying by Fortune magazine in a Wednesday tech conference hosted by Goldman Sachs:
“A lot of the same patterns we’ve seen during the Iranian Green Revolution and the Arab Spring. It was stunning to see how Twitter was being used to have a conversation about the government, with the government.”
Twitter’s CEO recalled the first time he was under the impression that his social media platform was so imbued to American society, i.e. during the riots and protests in Ferguson Missouri from 2014:
As a culture in the U.S., we’ve focused on things that didn’t matter as much. Now, everything is brought into perspective, and Twitter is at center of the most important conversations.
Dorsey said that Twitter’s greatest superpower is the fact that it breaks the news faster than anyone on Earth and touted his company as being arguably the largest platform for civic, political and cultural conversations. Donald Trump certainly approves of this message.
However, Twitter also readies a crackdown on free-speech, as the company just revealed its latest tool for censoring politically incorrect language.
Twitter will punish its users for bad behavior in a new way, by temporarily limiting their account. A number of users already received notices about their accounts being limited for 12 hours, which means that their tweets can only be seen by their followers. If retweeted, people who are not following them cannot see the respective retweets.
However, it’s not yet clear if this feature is enforced automatically based on keywords and used uniformly for discouraging internet harassment or it’s just yet another stealthy mean of censoring political incorrect language:
>automatically get limited cause I said retard
I’m just considering leaving Twitter, fuck them pic.twitter.com/2NZpOPmlo2
— ?? Drybones ム?? (@Drybones5) February 14, 2017
Wait until they do this to Trump.
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