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May 27, 2023, 10:47:22 AM5/27/23
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From the «shitpost for free» department:
Feed: Daring Fireball
Title: Charlie Warzel: ‘Twitter Is a Far-Right Social Network’
Author: John Gruber
Date: Tue, 23 May 2023 19:23:07 -0400
Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2023/05/elon-musk-ron-desantis-2024-twitter/674149/

Charlie Warzel, writing for The Atlantic:

Twitter has so fully assumed the role of a far-right platform that it might be
killing its competitors. When Parler shut down in April, its parent company
noted that[1] “no reasonable person believes that a Twitter clone just for
conservatives is a viable business any more.” Left unspoken is the reason:
Twitter has become a right-wing echo chamber.

If Musk weren’t too preoccupied lapping up approval from trolls,
reactionaries, and Dogecoin enthusiasts — a few of the constituencies left on
his site that still seem to adore him — the Parler statement should worry him.
Right-wing alt-tech platforms may attract investors and a flood of indignant
new users with persecution complexes, but they are, ultimately, bad
businesses.

A fairer headline would be “Twitter Is a Far-Right-Friendly Social Network”, but
that’s enough to be a problem.

I still check in on Twitter, but with each passing week, less and less. It’s not
fun, it’s hard to use without Tweetbot, and the new algorithm that puts paying
Twitter Blue users’ replies at the top[2] of every thread has ruined[3]
political Twitter. It’s like letting people suffering from incontinence try on
all the pants in a store before anyone else.

And the right-wing veer is most obvious in the ads that I see. (And I now see a
lot of them — one every 3–4 posts.) Almost all of them are for no-name gimmicks
and gadgets, the sort of crap that used to be sold at the mall at Spencer
Gifts[4] or in the middle of the night on cable TV commercials.

One of the few exceptions I see is Apple, which continues to place ads on
Twitter.
★ [5]

Links:
[1]: https://variety.com/2023/digital/news/parler-shut-down-new-owner-starboard-twitter-clone-conservatives-1235583709/ (link)
[2]: https://twitter.com/davidrvetter/status/1639548273533788160 (link)
[3]: https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1660692106782883841 (link)
[4]: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/504249/history-spencer-gifts (link)
[5]: https://daringfireball.net/linked/2023/05/23/warzel-twitter-rightwing (link)



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JAB

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May 27, 2023, 2:21:44 PM5/27/23
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On Sat, 27 May 2023 14:45:46 -0000 (UTC), Retrograde
<fun...@amongus.com.invalid> wrote:

>Twitter Is a Far-Right-Friendly Social Network

I believe this has been Musk's plan from the beginning.

Blue Collar Right Wingers just don't understand it's not to their
interest. In time if US drifts to the right, those suckers and losers
will then understand how they were suckers and losers.

Robert

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May 28, 2023, 7:59:01 AM5/28/23
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On 27/05/2023 19:21, JAB wrote:

> Blue Collar Right Wingers just don't understand it's not to their
> interest. In time if US drifts to the right, those suckers and losers
> will then understand how they were suckers and losers.

From an outsider's point of view, the US chooses every four years
between a right-wing president and a far-right president.

--
Rob
"I have never understood why it should be necessary to become irrational
in order to prove that you care, or, indeed, why it should be necessary
to prove it at all." - Avon, Blake's 7

JAB

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May 28, 2023, 11:59:42 AM5/28/23
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On Sun, 28 May 2023 12:57:43 +0100, Robert <mons...@spammedia.com>
wrote:

> From an outsider's point of view, the US chooses every four years
>between a right-wing president and a far-right president.

Both parties support the business community in various degrees, but
the "far-right" attempts to take away social "benefits" in order to
feed corp/wealthy more/more $$$.

Measuring "right/left" is relative to how defined, btw. Being "left"
in countries like China, Russia, Iran, etc., can put a person in
prison.

Anonymous

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May 28, 2023, 10:38:14 PM5/28/23
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Robert wrote:
> On 27/05/2023 19:21, JAB wrote:
>
>> Blue Collar Right Wingers just don't understand it's not to their
>> interest.  In time if US drifts to the right, those suckers and losers
>> will then understand how they were suckers and losers.
>
> From an outsider's point of view, the US chooses every four years between a
> right-wing president and a far-right president.
>

Well, that's because you're objectively insane.

Blue collar men want grandchildren and a good life. They DON'T want
JAB's trannyism or communism.

JAB

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May 28, 2023, 11:12:11 PM5/28/23
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On Mon, 29 May 2023 02:38:00 +0000, Anonymous <an...@anon.net> wrote:

>Blue collar men want grandchildren and a good life.

They need to pay more attention to recent debt matter, where Rs wanted
to cut their bennies so corps/rich can be richer.

JAB

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May 29, 2023, 12:28:22 PM5/29/23
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On Mon, 29 May 2023 02:38:00 +0000, Anonymous <an...@anon.net> wrote:

>Blue collar men want grandchildren and a good life.

Rs appease corp/wealthy requests/demands, while Ds attempt to appease
'we the people' needs/requests.

Trump & Rs gave a wonderful tax cut for corps/wealthy, and gave lip
service to God/Guns for we the people.

So, what has/did Rs and/or Trump do/did for we the people? A "good
life" needs income and medical needs met, but Rs really want to
eliminate and/or reduce funding for these programs.

Having God/Guns, and going without income/medical needs met does not
represent a good life.

I'm old enough to remember when Medicare did not exist...many retired
persons could not afford medical care, but Rs don't give a
shit....they are Pro Death for seniors.

Anonymous

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May 29, 2023, 8:28:19 PM5/29/23
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Blue collar men don't want your "bennies" or handouts. And they certainly
don't want their sons turned into faggots, and daughters into sluts and
whores.

By enforcing the god damn LAW, you can collapse the cost of medical care
to 1/5th of what it is now. That would also eliminate the deficit. And
no, taxing "corp/wealthy" more will NOT solve the problem.

JAB

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May 29, 2023, 10:30:56 PM5/29/23
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On Tue, 30 May 2023 00:26:00 +0000, Anonymous <an...@anon.net> wrote:

>Blue collar men don't want your "bennies" or handouts.

Corps/Wealthy don't complain.

Why even that "redneck" Marjorie Taylor Greene has no complaints with
handouts coming her way.

"Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had $183,504 in PPP loans
forgiven,"

Michael Trew

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Jun 4, 2023, 10:54:51 AM6/4/23
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On 5/28/2023 22:38, Anonymous wrote:
> Robert wrote:
>> On 27/05/2023 19:21, JAB wrote:
>>
>>> Blue Collar Right Wingers just don't understand it's not to their
>>> interest. In time if US drifts to the right, those suckers and losers
>>> will then understand how they were suckers and losers.
>>
>> From an outsider's point of view, the US chooses every four years between a
>> right-wing president and a far-right president.

Many European countries are more progressive than the US.

> Well, that's because you're objectively insane.
>
> Blue collar men want grandchildren and a good life. They DON'T want
> JAB's trannyism or communism.

The real ones sure don't want your disgusting antisemitism either.

Anonymous

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Jun 4, 2023, 9:47:39 PM6/4/23
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Anti-semitism, anti-satanism, what's the difference?

Kerr-Mudd, John

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Jun 5, 2023, 4:47:39 AM6/5/23
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This is Jehovah's patch, Baal's temple is up the road a bit.

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Bah, and indeed Humbug.
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