Tag: Twitter

Coalition overreach: Twitter is not the problem

Big differences when it comes to policing “Free Speech” Political speech and whistleblowing are significantly different from Racial Discrimination and sexual abuse yet the LNP right-wing declared all speech should be free as speech is speech and it’s all equivalent. Tony Abbott certainly supported Andrew Bolt and was prepared ti rid us of the RDA, Racial Discrimination Act. However not any more  says Scott Morrison and it’s no longer so! However, he’s not going to police it but says he will force Twitter and Facebook etal to dance to his tune. Mandatory ID of the Twitterati will be required is his threat but not so across the board. Those “sources” unnamed in the media supporting him and his party over and above, say Dan Andrews will be ok and of course that privileged protection he has when he’s  in parliament will continue. Politicians should be allowed and encouraged to sue the electorate.

Morrison personally isn’t what might be regarded as an “action man”. He’s a wordsmith and has a team of highly paid elves on call constructing his words, slogans, and catchy sentences and he  believes that’s should be an exclusive and protected by executive privilige.

Once again politicians and journalists are talking up the bad side of social media and threatening to police our Twitter identities. However, as Dr Martin Hirst argues, this is just another attack on our right to political speech.

However, this is the nature of political speech. The one thing that politicians hate – along with their media cheer squad – is being held to account for their words and their actions. They hate that we use social media to call out their lies and deceit.

In fact, they hate it so much that outgoing-ABC news boss Gaven Morris is encouraging journalists to quit the platform.

Said Morrison:

“I increasingly have told people at ABC News that I certainly don’t want them on there for their job. I’d have no problem if they choose to be there, personally, but we don’t need journalists to be on Twitter or to be on social media as part of their job.” 

He’s fudging of course. The ABC – and all media – need the engagement, but they like it better when we keep quiet.

Source: Coalition overreach: Twitter is not the problem

‘Not a Surprise, But Terrifying’: At India’s Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response | Common Dreams News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures at the gathering during a public rally for West Bengal Assembly Election at Barasat on April 12, 2021 in North 24 Parganas, India. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised India’s handling of the second surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. These tweets, which are now inaccessible to Indian users of the social media website, include posts by Revanth Reddy, a sitting Member of Parliament; Moloy Ghatak, a West Bengal state minister; actor Vineet Kumar Singh; and two filmmakers, Vinod Kapri and Avinash Das.

Source: ‘Not a Surprise, But Terrifying’: At India’s Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response | Common Dreams News

I analyzed all of Trump’s tweets to find out what he was really saying

I analyzed all of Trump’s tweets to find out what he was really saying

The tally was in, it was clear Donald Trump had lost – and he tweeted: “either a new election should take place or … results nullified.” It sounds familiar, but it wasn’t November 2020. It was February 2016. Trump was just months into his presidential campaign, and was already telling a story he would tell countless times over the following five years, hinting to the world at the character of the man the U.S. Senate will soon evaluate in the impeachment trial. Back then, Trump was seeking to nullify Ted Cruz’s victory. And he was accusing Iowa of bungling the primary vote counting.

I analyzed all of Trump’s tweets to find out what he was really saying

Freedom of speech: Voltaire would applaud Trump Twitter ban

French philosopher Voltaire would have applauded the decision to ban Donald Trump on social media.

Contrary to suggestions otherwise, Voltaire would have applauded the decision by Twitter and Facebook to suspend the access of Donald Trump to their platforms. Much like John Stuart Mill, the British philosopher and guru of classical liberalism, Voltaire supported criminal laws against libel, slander, incitement to violence and treason. Mill is credited with developing “the harm principle” under which laws restricting personal freedom should be promulgated “to prevent harm to others”.

Freedom of speech: Voltaire would applaud Trump Twitter ban

When your government thinks banning Trump from Twitter is the real injustice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s Disgusting Leadership (ODT)

Members of the Morrison government have saved their loudest outrage for Twitter, the social media platform Trump used to incite his followers, and the platform that has finally banned Trump for life. This, it appears, is the great injustice, an affront to “free speech,” and, wait for it, censorship.

When your government thinks banning Trump from Twitter is the real injustice – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Angelo Carusone: Twitter banning Trump now is “a lot like senior administration officials resigning with only days left” | Media Matters for America

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In reaction to Twitter’s announcement that it will be permanently suspending Donald Trump’s account, Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America issued the following statement:

Angelo Carusone: Twitter banning Trump now is “a lot like senior administration officials resigning with only days left” | Media Matters for America

Twitter permanently suspends QAnon account belonging to friend of Scott Morrison for ‘harmful activity’ | US news | The Guardian

A supporter of President Donald Trump holds an U.S. flag with a reference to QAnon

Twitter says it permanently suspended a QAnon account belonging to a family friend of the prime minister, Scott Morrison, for “engaging in coordinated harmful activity”. Twitter is in the middle of a broader crackdown on QAnon content and is attempting to reduce the amplification of accounts spreading “clear and well-documented informational, physical, societal and psychological offline harm on our service”. BurnedSpy34, a prominent and prolific member of the Australian QAnon scene, was recently permanently suspended.

Twitter permanently suspends QAnon account belonging to friend of Scott Morrison for ‘harmful activity’ | US news | The Guardian

The Racist History Behind Trump’s Threat to Shoot Protesters

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Donald Trump’s bloodthirsty threat to have protesters in Minneapolis shot by the military, issued in a tweet early Friday morning, prompted Twitter to restrict access to the president’s message, ruling that it violated the social network’s policy against “glorifying violence.”

via The Racist History Behind Trump’s Threat to Shoot Protesters

2020 becomes 1984: Trump, Twitter and the Ministry of Truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Background: Trump as Liar in Chief

Trump posted a Tweet stating that mail-in ballots will be ‘substantially fraudulent’. Two points here: first there is no evidence that mail-in ballots are any more or less fraudulent than in-person voting. Second, the last time an election used mail-in ballots for a special election, the Republican won. It truly is remarkable how quickly Trump can utterly contradict himself. Vote by mail is totally fraudulent but the Republican won. Amazing. This is analogous to his 2016 claims that the electoral college was a disaster for democracy – when it looked like he would lose.

via 2020 becomes 1984: Trump, Twitter and the Ministry of Truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans

Twitter should ban Trump (ODT)

President Donald Trump has criticised social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring it was getting “worse and worse for Conservatives on social media!” and he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!”

via Trump attacks social media companies after Facebook bans

Donald Trump is big on Twitter, but are Democrats now beating him at his own game? – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In simple terms, the interaction rate is a calculation of how many likes and retweets you get compared with your number of tweets and followers.

Think of it as a proxy for how much people are vibing with your content.

And Mr Trump  is going backwards — dropping from 0.27 per cent over the previous 12-month period.

So as the President racks up followers, he’s not necessarily gaining new supporters.

In all, Mr Trump comes 16th for interaction rate compared with all the declared Democrat candidates.

In a country like the United States that doesn’t have compulsory voting, one of the key challenges for a candidate is to get voters engaged and to the ballot box.

Mr Trump might enjoy having millions of followers, but that doesn’t mean much if they’re peppered across the world and made up of looky-loos and journalists on the POTUS beat.

If a rival politician with even a fraction of the followers can mobilise an engaged base on social media, it could build.

via Donald Trump is big on Twitter, but are Democrats now beating him at his own game? – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two Big Mueller Filings Are Coming. Donald Trump Is Freaking Out. – Mother Jones

if the president’s Twitter feed is any indication, he isn’t handling it well. He took to his favorite medium Friday morning to accuse Mueller of “Conflicts of Interest” and criticize a potential forthcoming public report from Mueller as being part of a “Witch Hunt.” He also pushed back on an Atlantic article yesterday suggesting that Trump and his team were unprepared to respond to Mueller’s findings.

You can read the nearly 1,000-character freak-out here:

via Two Big Mueller Filings Are Coming. Donald Trump Is Freaking Out. – Mother Jones

Trump Goes On Sunday Morning Twitter Rampage: ‘Leaks Out Of The White House Are Fabricated Lies’ | He’s even referring to Andrew Bolt in Aus

President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at the media for publishing leaks about chaos in the White House and revealing that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had become a focus of the FBI investigation.

Source: Trump Goes On Sunday Morning Twitter Rampage: ‘Leaks Out Of The White House Are Fabricated Lies’ | Crooks and Liars