More on Twitter’s Troubles

Following on from this post on Twitter’s troubles comes this:

Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as “broken”, following complaints over the type of accounts being verified.

Typically, prominent people, including musicians, journalists and company executives, get a blue icon on their profile after proving their identity.

However, some far-right and white-supremacist accounts have now also been verified.

Presumably those with “far-right” views – meaning anyone to the right of your average Twitter employee – and white supremacists don’t have identities.

In a statement, the company said: “Verification was meant to authenticate identity and voice, but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance.

An interpretation encouraged by Twitter administrators who would withdraw verification as punishment for expressing the wrong views and withhold verification from people they didn’t like.

“We recognise that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it.”

By hiring some serious adults, ones that can tell the difference between “verify” and “endorse”? I’ll not hold my breath.

Twitter has been making a series of changes to address abuse and harassment on the social network.

By that they mean they’ve been enthusiastically banning people who they suspect might be upsetting groups they like.

One thing is certain, if this is how they are running the parts of the business which are in full public view, those bits which remain hidden won’t be any better. And they’re not alone in this: ZMan frequently points out that Facebook’s algorithm which generates the data they provide to advertisers is often found to be faulty – but always, coincidentally, in a manner which favours Facebook – and that if they weren’t a current darling of the political establishment they’d have been raked over the coals by now.

Sooner or later, one of these tech giants is going to run into serious trouble and they’ll wish they’d put some serious adults in charge.

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10 thoughts on “More on Twitter’s Troubles

  1. I’m rather hoping Twitter’s “social conscience” will cause it to eat itself.

    How’re the finances nowadays?

  2. By that they mean they’ve been enthusiastically banning people who they suspect might be upsetting groups they like

    Well, except the one that all the lefties would most like them to ban.

    They’re kind of in a bind: they want to be good little culture warriors, but they know their business model depends on controversy. They have been trying to square the circle by verifying anyone on the progressive side they can find, no matter how unimportant, to show their approval of their views; while allowing high-profile members of the other side to stay as long as the controversy value of them being there outweighs the controversy value of banning them (because as long as they are there Twitter gets the constant stream of publicity of them saying non-politically-correct things, whereas banning them is a one-time big publicity splash but kills the goose).

    They’re probably trying to work out exactly when they can ban Trump for maximum publicity value. I suspect that it will be either as soon as impeachment proceedings are announced, or as soon as he announces his intention to run for re-election.

  3. As I said on a previous thread Twatter, like other free-to-user social media businesses, depend on vendors of stuff & services connecting with peeps who buy stuff & services. They’re quite welcome to make their sites playgrounds for progressives & shun non-progressives, but are progressives good buyers of stuff & services? Evidence seems to indicate progressives are a tight fisted bunch. Why go looking for consumers amongst a group actively oppose consumerism?
    Digging their own grave?

  4. are progressives good buyers of stuff & services

    Oh, goodness, yes. Provided they’re the right type of goods and services: horrendously overpriced faddy foods, carbon-fibre bicycles, baby T-shirts with slogans on, flashy electronic gadgets, cocktails served in jam jars, anything from a farmers’ market, etc etc.

  5. Well, except the one that all the lefties would most like them to ban.

    I’m sure he uses his personal one, rather than the official POTUS one, just to wind people up.

  6. “Provided they’re the right type of goods and services: horrendously overpriced faddy foods, carbon-fibre bicycles, baby T-shirts with slogans on, flashy electronic gadgets, cocktails served in jam jars, anything from a farmers’ market, etc etc.”

    Aren’t these the sort of things, the purveyors of which were bitchin’ because Farcebook’s stopping them using it as a free advertising platform & wanting them to cough up dosh? Not going to be challenging Walmart for it’s marketing spend, are they?

  7. Aren’t these the sort of things, the purveyors of which were bitchin’ because Farcebook’s stopping them using it as a free advertising platform & wanting them to cough up dosh? Not going to be challenging Walmart for it’s marketing spend, are they?

    Oh, there are plenty of big companies willing to set up a cosy ‘organic’, ‘ethical’ sub-brand to sell the same old stuff they sell to normal people but at a 500% mark-up. And they all need ways to advertise that will reach the trendy middle-class lefties sitting in their Islington houses with more money than sense.

  8. I’m sure he uses his personal one, rather than the official POTUS one, just to wind people up.

    This is bleeding obvious to anyone not blinded by the current political hysteria in the US. There’s an official POTUS Twitter account that mirrors some, but not all of DonaldJTrump’s tweets. It should be terribly obvious that only the POTUS account should be considered official White House communication, but the media and the chattering class will shriek like insouciant howler monkeys at anything DonaldJTrump tweets, and he knows it. He knows it. They have not figured out that he’s playing them like a fiddle, and every time they have a public meltdown over nothing they damage their own credibility even further with the vast majority of the electorate.

  9. To me twitter has the same problem as youtube.

    By censoring content they disapprove of they are publishing things they do approve of. Everything up is things they like.

    They would be better to say nothing to do with us, we aren’t responsible.

    Instead they have started down a road that can only end with a single twitter account from Jack Dorsey.

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