For the last three years, politics has caused more problems for me and my relatives than I ever thought possible. Why? Everyone is a liberal with one exception and myself, so that makes two of us who are conservatives.
We have argued until we stopped talking to one another. We’ve hugged and made up only to argue and stop talking once again. At the moment, we are barely talking.
Leaving Twitter is difficult but necessary. Why?
The first reason: If you follow Twitter then you know it is almost impossible to keep up with the constant tweets, and rarely does anyone attempt to have a discussion. You might get a “like” or a “re-tweet,” but there isn’t any feedback that amounts to much of anything.
People are angry on Twitter, and the longer I stay there the more upset I become. No one is listening, especially those in Congress, and I don’t see it getting any better.
The second reason: Below is an email I received last year from Twitter. At first it frightened me and then it made me furious. I later learned that approximately 677,000 people had received the same email, and it became clear that Twitter was watching and censoring what we read, what we posted, what we liked, and what we shared.
The third reason: Twitter has been doing something that is called “shadowbanning” its members. I know about this firsthand because it’s happened to me several times, and a few times I have been suspended from Twitter until I provided Twitter with my phone number.
I’ve stayed away from Twitter only to go back. I suppose that’s the definition of insanity. However, today I found this old post and an email I received from Twitter last year. It made me furious all over again.
This should make it much easier to stay away from Twitter and never go back.
© Catherine Evermore. All rights reserved.
from: Twitter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
to: (That would be me!)
date: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 10:02 AM
subject: Information Regarding Russian Influence Campaigns on Twitter
As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency.
Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related to a security concern for your account.
We are sharing this information so that you can learn more about these accounts and the nature of the Russian propaganda effort. You can see examples of content from these suspended accounts on our blog if you’re interested.
People look to Twitter for useful, timely, and appropriate information. We are taking active steps to stop malicious accounts and Tweets from spreading and we are determined to keep ahead of the tactics of bad actors. For example, in recent months we have developed new techniques to identify accounts manipulating our platform, have improved our process for challenging suspicious accounts, and have introduced new measures designed to identify and take action on coordinated malicious activity. In 2018, we are building on these improvements. Our blog also contains more information about these efforts.
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