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Twitter is looking down the wrong end of the telescope

Confused, looking into the wrong end of a telescope. This is a genuine 19th-century naval leather-and-brass instrument. Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III.

Confused, looking into the wrong end of a telescope.

Do you know how to catch an elephant? You need a telescope, a matchbox and a pair of tweezers. As soon as you see the elephant pick up the telescope and look at the elephant through the wrong end. Then using the tweezers carefully pick up the elephant and put it inside the matchbox.

Twitter thinks it can tackle a large problem by changing how it views it but the more Twitter censors its users and clamps down on so-called hate speech the more ineffective and one-sided they become. Almost anything can be flagged as offensive or disrespectful as anybody can choose to be offended by anything. Likewise, the ?recent changes that allow users to report anyone who directs hate against a race, religion, gender or orientation ?can easily be used to shut down fact-based criticism by labeling it hate. The more rules they add the bigger the problem becomes ?and the harder it becomes to police it. The problem is already insurmountable as they simply do not have enough staff to handle the volume of complaints.

This tweet for example against well-known Ben Shapiro should have resulted in the user being?suspended immediately. Read more »

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