This past weekend, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone Tweeted this:
Y'all pile on us. You really think the issue doesn't weigh on us? And you're so dismissive of the Trust and Safety team. We're all people.— Biz Stone (@biz) October 1, 2017
Yeah, it must feel awful to have abuse hurled at you via Twitter simply because of who you are. I haven’t heard such a self-unaware statement since Secret’s head of marketing complained that journalists were saying mean things about the company’s execs without accountability.
A billionaire white man whose platform has facilitated the bullying countless women and people of color-- even putting them and their families in very real danger-- claims he’s the real victim here. What was that we heard about all those white “economic anxiety” Trump voters…. They felt a “loss of agency”?
You only have to look at the replies to see how Biz’s complaints went over, and not just by people who have been subjects of Twitter abuse, but by other members of the tech world.
Yonatan Zunger who worked on policy issues at Google+ and YouTube dismantled team Twitter Tweet-by-Tweet, saying Twitter had clearly never taken abuse seriously, and became infatuated by its role with Arab Spring, always coming down on the side of “free speech,” not caring if unchecked bullying impugned the free speech of others.
Twitter chose to optimize for traffic at the expense of user experience. That's why GamerGate, that's why Trump, that's why Nazis.— (((Yonatan Zunger))) (@yonatanzunger) October 1, 2017
Meantime, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg tried his best at a sincere apology in honor of Yom Kippur, writing "For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness." Some in tech were not having it, given everything that has unfurled since.
Forgiveness is denied by both. God and humanity, since you & Sheryl knew what was happening, condoned it, & then lied about both its existence and impact https://t.co/cjumbfvgAE— Matthew Ocko (@mattocko) October 1, 2017
And all that was before we woke up to a mass shooting, and a government that will do even less than was done in the Barack Obama era to curb gun violence.
I was reading Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” this past weekend, and she writes about the tactics the NRA used to combat her candidacy.
A 2017 Quinnipiac University poll showed that 94% of Americans are for comprehensive background checks, including 92% of gun owners. And yet, she writes, “it became conventional wisdom that it was safer for Democrats to say nothing at all about guns and hope the NRA stayed away.”
Clinton was not in that camp. And before she got into the presidential race officially, the head of the NRA vowed he would “fight with everything [they’ve] got” against her becoming President, saying her victory would be “a permanent darkness of deceit and despair forced upon the American people.”
The gun lobby kept its promise. It spent more than $30 million supporting Trump, “more money than any other outside group and more than double what it spent to support Mitt Romney in 2012.” A lot of the tactics? Fake news spread through social media and on TV in battleground states that misrepresented Clinton’s actual position...