Q-Anon Returns To Twitter

This is a very bad sign:

A “general amnesty” has restored hundreds of accounts of right-wing activists and QAnon adherents, according to data reviewed by NBC News. The reinstatement of far-right accounts has coincided with a series of bans of left-wing accounts, leaving users unsure of how the company is now applying its rules.

And the NYTimes has more bad news:

Before Elon Musk bought Twitter, slurs against Black Americans showed up on the social media service an average of 1,282 times a day. After the billionaire became Twitter’s owner, they jumped to 3,876 times a day.

Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day.

And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.

These findings — from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups that study online platforms — provide the most comprehensive picture to date of how conversations on Twitter have changed since Mr. Musk completed his $44 billion deal for the company in late October. While the numbers are relatively small, researchers said the increases were atypically high.

From what I can see (which is admittedly not much, I’m pretty much off of The Bird Site these days), the situation has devolved. Space Karen is booting off people from the site who disagree with him (so much for free speech absolutism) but is trying get new users on the site to make up the difference, you know, to appease the advertisers. The new users are turning out to be Third Reich fanbois, White Supremacists, Christian Nationalists, and assorted anti-Semites of various stripes. It’s turning into a clearing house of bad actors, and the Basket of Deplorables that Hillary Clinton warned us about.

What Melon has not figured out yet is that this swarm of Nazis are exactly the kind of people that advertisers do NOT want to be next to on what is rapidly becoming BirdChan. Unless the advertiser is selling swastika merch, of course.

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9 Responses to Q-Anon Returns To Twitter

  1. Another Kiwi says:

    Elmo probably truly believes that the marketplace of ideas is a thing. Some sort of market square where Ancient Greek philosophers elegantly discuss whether or not reality is real. When all he’s made is a professional mud wrestling event.

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    • I doubt that Phony Stark has ever considered the ‘marketplace of ideas’ as anything but a slogan for the freezepeach bros. (let alone Ancient Greek Philosophers, some of whom were murdered for the things they said)

      His idea of ‘free speech’ is ‘Saying whatever edgelord stuff pops into my galaxy brain, while everyone lines up to praise my edgelord awesomeness and magnificent Galaxy brain’

      Like his fanbois who have already published specs for his iPhone/Android competitor that’s going to wipe Apple and Google off the map.

      [Narrator: “He will never make the MuskPhone”]

      I actually ran into a bunch of those folks proclaiming that his Tesla “Life-sized Hot Wheels Toy” Cybertruck (which to date, has sold [checks notes] Zero vehicles because it does not exist) was vastly more successful than Ford’s F150 Lightning because it has an absurd number of pre-orders more than the Ford truck (which is on sale now, and has sold thousands of themsince it’s debut in the spring…2500+ in October alone) because Ford has stopped taking pre-orders for the F150 Lightning (because of supply constraints, not demand.)

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  2. Ten Bears says:

    From what I can see … I give it about three more weeks

    Like Zuckerberg’s Famous Pig, I outlive it, without ever logging on

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  3. sleeve98 says:

    This melodrama is lighting up Mastodon. I swear, it almost entertaining enough for popcorn.

    Here’s where I get to gloat that I was one of the lucky ones who had learned that the Bird Site was a sewer before I had bothered making an account, and never did.

    ![Ha ha!]

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  4. osirisopto says:

    How much will the NRA be willing to pay to advertise to their most fanatic lifetime subscribers?

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  5. Ellis Weiner says:

    Gold star for “Birdchan.” The puzzling thing is, what you say about the undesirability of the wingnut/bigot contingent, as re advertisers, isn’t esoteric or hard to grasp. How Musk thinks this is going to work–

    Chase off desireable consumers.
    Welcome w/ open arms hideous people.

    –defies understanding.

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  6. pagan in repose says:

    More proof that no one person should have a billion dollars. They believe their own shit is the resting place of gold and diamonds. And they proudly dig through it because they just know, and they are always right and everybody tells them so, that a pony or the gold and diamond are in it. And they want to rub it in our faces so we know they are the true geniuses ’cause they has lots of cash. And they has lots of ideas you should listen to too.

    Yes, I just wrote to too. And I am happy for a few minutes.


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