Twitter could have been one of the most powerful tools that our species has ever known, but it appears to have been corrupted by bias and censorship instead.
The bare concept of Twitter is an incredible one: Anyone in the world can say, very literally to the rest of humanity, anything that they want to say. This is an incredibly powerful concept if you really think about it. Our words, ideas, and creations can be instantaneously brought before the person who can take it to the next level. We can collaborate or create from continent away in a mere matter of moments.
This could have very well changed the way mankind operates, but, instead, we’ve allowed the advertisers and politicians to corrupt the platform.
Today, Twitter even went so far as to announce that they would be banning any talk of a certain bizarre conspiracy theory about coronavirus and cellular telephone technology.
Twitter has once again broadened its rapidly-growing set of rules specific to the Chinese virus, this time banning statements that cause “harmful activity,” with a specific focus on posts about 5G network infrastructure.
In an update to its list of coronavirus-specific rules made yesterday, Twitter said it would ban any “unverified” claims that “incite people to action.”
“Unverified claims that incite people to action, could lead to the destruction or damage of critical infrastructure, or could lead to widespread panic, social unrest, or large-scale disorder, such as ‘The National Guard just announced that no more shipments of food will be arriving for two months — run to the grocery store ASAP and buy everything’ or ‘5G causes coronavirus — go destroy the cell towers in your neighborhood!’”
Twitter did not explain what separates a verified from an unverified claim.
In a tweet from its official account, Twitter also emphasized the danger of damage to “critical 5G infrastructure.” Concern over the alleged effects of 5G cellphone towers has led to some towers being attacked and disabled.
Yes, it is true that the 5G-coronavirus conspiracy is 100% bananas, but who asked Twitter to play referee here? What ever happened to individual responsibility and common sense?