Fox News co-hosts on “The Five” tore into Twitter’s new woke trigger warning feature on Friday, with political commentator Kennedy mocking it while hilariously and astutely comparing it to “when Playboy stopped showing boobies.”
“There’s no healthy conversations on Twitter,” quipped co-host Jesse Watters. “It’s a cesspool and everybody knows it’s a cesspool, and that’s why they love it.”
Conservative pundit Greg Gutfeld alluded to the social media platform as a “bathroom wall” and branded the new feature as “stupid.”
“Twitter should be focusing on Twitter Trends because Twitter Trends collates the irrational mob attacks into a table of contents,” he argued. “Twitter Trends is one of the most destructive things on social media because it directs people to somebody who is in hot water.”
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That’s when Kennedy dared to go there, “It’s like when Playboy stopped showing boobies. It’s a really bad marketing strategy.”
“When did that happen?” Watters asked. “Playboy doesn’t show nudity?”
“No, they stopped,” Kennedy replied, surprised that he didn’t already know. “They were like, ‘We really just want to be about the articles for real’— I know men have been saying that for a long time.’”
“And then like when Tumblr was like ‘nope we are done with porn,’” she added. “No one uses Tumblr anymore. It’s like that’s what people go to Twitter for. They go because it’s abusive. It’s filthy.”
MIC reported that Twitter wants to do a “quick vibe check” and ensure that conversations remain civil, something many contend is impossible to do without harsh censorship.
Warnings include captions under tweets that state “conversations like this can be intense.” According to reports, Twitter will also utilize pop-up messages that admonish “let’s look out for each other,” “remember the human,” “facts matter,” “diverse perspectives have value,” and “discovering new perspectives can strengthen your own.”
Worse yet, users will have to acknowledge these messages by clicking on the “Count me in” button before resuming their conversation.
“Ever want to know the vibe of a conversation before you join in?” Twitter Support tweeted Wednesday. “We’re testing prompts on Android and iOS that give you a heads up if the convo you’re about to enter could get heated or intense. This is a work in progress as we learn how to better support healthy conversation.”
Ever want to know the vibe of a conversation before you join in? We’re testing prompts on Android and iOS that give you a heads up if the convo you’re about to enter could get heated or intense.
This is a work in progress as we learn how to better support healthy conversation. pic.twitter.com/x6Nsn3HPu1
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 6, 2021
Users almost certainly will not appreciate being treated like naughty children for their wide-ranging communications on Twitter.
One person on Twitter commented, “This sounds like censorship. Why not just be healthy by letting users know this is a Platform where people have conversation and come here with the human understanding that its within our Nature to get heated – then allow us to navigate conflict resolution organically?”
And Twitter Support responded, “No censoring here. These prompts are a way to give you more context about the conversations you see on Twitter and help you make informed decisions about how and whether you’d like to join those convos.”
Twitter users piled on, ridiculing the messages:
It’s the internet, a conversation about corn dogs could get intense
— give guns to whales (@bbeepbeeep) October 6, 2021
And of course people gonna click if its an intense thread. We are inquisitive as people so what’s the idea of this exercise???
— Ivan Finch (@McTwisted) October 6, 2021
really? this counts as an intense convo??? 🤣 pic.twitter.com/MPZ02TtKQp
— chip goines (@chipgoines) October 7, 2021
I do not trust your website to be capable of judging vibes.
— Anything Can Happen On Halloween (@antitractionist) October 6, 2021
so basically any thread aside from when people share pictures of pets
— Dad Jokes Panda (@TrashPandaFTW) October 6, 2021
Honestly, do you people who work at Twitter ever actually use Twitter? The stuff you come up with like this is always so random and bizarre. It’s never what anyone wants (an edit button) and is never a solution to anything.
— Nobody Here But Us Kobheerians (@chrisdazey) October 7, 2021
The thing is, “heated” and “intense” aren’t antonyms of “healthy,” and I worry that Twitter’s approach seems to think they are. Users (including me) have been suspended for nonsense reasons, but you expect us to acknowledge Twitter as an arbiter of what’s acceptable discussion.
— Chris Maytag📷 (@cpm5280) October 6, 2021
@TwitterSupport, I honestly don’t want you weighing in what you think might be “intense”. Intense for whom? How do you decide what’s intense or heated? Don’t do this.
— Moderna Monster (@ellbeepea) October 7, 2021