Happy #PositiveTwitterDay

It is not just pay day today, it is #PositiveTwitterDay. Let’s try for one day to make Twitter a positive experience for everyone…

Spread a bit of civility in these polarised times. Twitter can be a place for the exchange of information rather than the abuse of political opponents. The power of positive tweeting…

To tweet your support just click this link #PositiveTwitterDay

mdi-timer 31st August 2018 @ 7:01 am 31st Aug 2018 @ 7:01 am mdi-comment Comments
Wes Streeting Quitting… Twitter

 

Wes Streeting has announced that he is stepping back from twitter after it “has increasingly become an angry swamp to the extent that its utility is outweighed by the negativity.” Guido agrees, and has invited Wes to join him for #PositiveTwitterDay this Friday where, for one day at least, we all try to be nice and civil in our tweets.

One last hurrah?

mdi-timer 28th August 2018 @ 3:45 pm 28th Aug 2018 @ 3:45 pm mdi-comment Comments
Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week

Remainer’s favourite loopy Twitter lord, Andrew Adonis has found himself in a twitter bitch fight with wet Tory Tom Tugendhat. After referring to Tugendhat in a tweet as ‘dripping’ (without even the courtesy of tagging him – very bad twitter etiquette), Tugendhat slapped back with ‘you’re just another troll’, before seeing Adonis off with a final rhetorical soccer punch. Worth reading the sharp exchange in full below…

mdi-timer 21st August 2018 @ 1:01 pm 21st Aug 2018 @ 1:01 pm mdi-comment Comments
I’m Supporting #Positive Twitter Day on Friday, August 31

On August 31 back in 2012 Sunder Katwala and Guido promoted with temporary success, a “Positive Twitter Day“. Twitter, especially the political Twittersphere, can be a horrible nasty place, what with the culture wars and political extremists generally being unpleasant. None of us are immune from it. Wouldn’t it be pleasantly calming if for just one day we all tried to be nice and civil in our tweets? The idea came originally from the invariably polite Sunder Katwala and he agrees with Guido we should try again. We sorely need to try again…

If well known Twitter curmudgeons re-tweeted the hashtag #PositiveTwitterDay and entered into the spirit of the day on Friday, August 31, it might spread a bit of civility in these polarised times. Guido for his part is determined to have civil, positive discussions today with the likes of Owen or Raheem. The power of positive tweeting…

To tweet your support just click this link #PositiveTwitterDay

mdi-timer 16th August 2018 @ 4:19 pm 16th Aug 2018 @ 4:19 pm mdi-comment Comments
The Exiling of InfoWars from Social Media

Guido is instinctively uncomfortable with censorship, even of liars. In the marketplace of ideas, good ideas should best bad ideas in free debate. That is the theory. So the exiling of Alex Jones from Facebook, Apple’s iTunes, YouTube, Vimeo, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Flickr, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and MailChimp seems to be shutting down open debate. Twitter have now put Alex Jones in a half-way house where he is unable to tweet. That cuts off Alex Jones from most of his audience.

He’s not completely exiled from public discourse, the InfoWars apps are available to download, his website is running. His freedom of speech has not been taken away, Big Tech has just exiled him from their huge social media audiences. They are it seems to Guido making an example of him because he is the highest profile “fake news” outlet associated with Trump. The tech titans are of course completely within their rights to purge InfoWars from their platforms.

Jones says “Mass censorship of conservatives and libertarians is exploding. You’ve already seen this with the demonetization and ultimate purge of Infowars and other alternative media outlets by mega-corporations working in tangent to stifle competition.” He is right in that it really does seem that it is right-of-centre voices that are being purged disproportionately, the left argues that is because the right are disproportionately “haters”. The alt-right does revel in being provocatively confrontational. Milo being kicked off Twitter was an early sign of this reaction.

If the social media platforms are going to start discriminating about what content they will host and distribute they will become like the US TV networks, seen as partisan and thus subject to partisan heckling. The left are hard-wired to “no platform” people, banning voices they don’t like, the right are not so temperamentally inclined. This means there is a continuous lobbying from the left to silence people they don’t like; the ceaseless effort to get advertiser boycotts of the popular press, to get Nigel Farage off LBC, Owen Jones’ shrill screeching about Andrew Neil (nothing to do with his humiliation at Brillo’s hands). Does all this matter much to voters? Only at the margins, those who want Alex Jones will still be able to get Alex Jones. It increases the self-filtering effect on public discourse. As our information sources become ever more filtered we live in our own increasingly polarised social media echo chambers, that is not good for democracy.

mdi-timer 15th August 2018 @ 11:14 am 15th Aug 2018 @ 11:14 am mdi-comment Comments
Farage v Verhofstadt

It’s all kicking off between Nigel Farage and Guy Verhofstadt. The European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator has boldly accused Nige of taking Kremlin money:

Farage says that is a lie:

Can Guy back up his claims? If not it looks like Farage could lawyer up…

mdi-timer 13th June 2018 @ 11:38 am 13th Jun 2018 @ 11:38 am mdi-comment Comments
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