I Hope Twitter Goes Away(alexgaynor.net)

9 years ago from Catalin Cimpanu

  • Louis-André LabadieLouis-André Labadie, 9 years ago

    A year ago I'd have claimed that this can't be a reasonable reaction.

    Now I'm not so sure. A social platform that provides no way to actually stay away from someone targeting you with hate/threats should be held responsible.

    A social platform that diminishes the gravity of a mob doing so, and still provides no way of avoiding it, is a sad thing to call acceptable.

    Cue people saying it's the victim's fault.

    2 points
    • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, 9 years ago

      Oh, there are definitely HUGE problems with Twitter and the way they handle abuse - and these have become especially visible in the past few weeks. I don't think anyone would argue this point.

      However, instead of thinking about a solution or offering up a way in which the idea of "Twitter" can become a more useful tool or prevent such abuse, writing a post saying "I hope it goes away" seems to me to just be adding more negativity to the whole thing.

      It's honest but also dumb.

      2 points
    • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 9 years ago

      I don't think anyone's going to claim it's the victim's fault here.

      I'm in the camp where I think these problems on Twitter, Reddit, etc are reflective of the problems in our society. I don't blame Twitter for a bigoted hate mob, I blame the bigoted people who make up the mob.

      It's like blaming KitchenAid for a stabbing, or BIC for a death threat.

      2 points
      • Louis-André LabadieLouis-André Labadie, 9 years ago

        Yes and no. If you were at a cooking convention, and had five people waving knives at people, always being menacing while they say it's for fun & play, would you not, at some point, tell the Expo to do something about it?

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