Conservative are more than justified in thinking the deck is stacked against them at every turn, especially on social media.
With Facebook reportedly voluntarily providing data on millions of its users to the 2012 re-election campaign of President Obama, tweets have surfaced of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Twitter board member Evan Williams seemingly promoting a piece that declares the way to win America’s “new civil war” is to annihilate Republicans.
The Medium article, “The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War,” states: “Why there’s no bipartisan way forward at this juncture in our history — one side must win.”
Dorsey responded to a tweet from Williams that linked to the article and tweeted: “Great read.”
Great read https://t.co/O2djSQf8Qv
— jack (@jack) April 6, 2018
Two days earlier, Williams tweeted: “Interesting take.”
Interesting take: “Why there’s no bipartisan way forward at this juncture in our history — one side must win” https://t.co/wtIuA5phkl
— Ev Williams (@ev) April 3, 2018
With social media being the platform 67 percent of Americans rely on to get at least some of their news, according to Pew Research Center, the notion that those who run Twitter appear to have taken sides in today’s polarizing times is indeed troubling, as seen in the reaction to the above tweets.
These same individuals also control what is considered acceptable speech on their platform and what is not.
Of all the responses, and there are plenty, this one may be the most appropriate:
How has this trash not gotten more attention?! https://t.co/V1YBa2xBTa
— Storm Paglia ?? (@storm_paglia) April 7, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the tweets, to include some of the most prominent conservatives on Twitter:
Twitter's CEO loves this article about driving conservatives from public life and turning the rest of the country into California in the "new civil war." Literally what it's about https://t.co/b8DUxlC9Cw
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) April 6, 2018
Totally not worrisome that Jack Dorsey is sharing articles about how bipartisanship is dead and that the right must be mercilessly crushed forever. https://t.co/0a6Ds5xfOh
— yokotaster (@neontaster) April 7, 2018
Saying it's a "great read" is a cop out
RTing a call for a new civil war that says the Left must win and we can all welcome our new progressive overlords
Is an endorsement Jack
And we all know it https://t.co/m8kl4pDgc0
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) April 7, 2018
Businesses that choose a side should choose wisely. https://t.co/VqstT0YoH3
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) April 6, 2018
According to this tweet, Big Tech hopes the Left wins the next "civil war" and turns the whole country into California. https://t.co/g2kJlbPbJP
— Scott Greer (@ScottMGreer) April 7, 2018
Accurate or not, Dorsey has all but conformed a liberal bias to many Twitter users:
This borders on an admission by Twitter that they have a corporate bias against conservatives. https://t.co/bWiCZxtqxD
— Tom Giovanetti ? (@tgiovanetti) April 7, 2018
All pretenses of neutrality have been washed away. https://t.co/jHYOfneOse
— Christian Heiens (@ChristianHeiens) April 7, 2018
"Right wing voices are not being censored" https://t.co/CMuDUjRWtJ
— Patrick (@InfernalAcorn) April 7, 2018
It would be reasonable to expect a little fence mending from Dorsey and Co. in the near future. Right?
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