The Problem
Users Should Be Represented And The Platform Should SERVE Them, Not Extract From Them.
Twitter is a centralized platform, ultimately beholden to its shareholders and incentivized to maximize profit rather than creating the most for its users, it's built to be toxic and drain people.
As a private board-governed entity, representing the large shareholders, Twitter is incentivized to promote content that furthers its own agenda. Users are taxed for 100% of the value they create and given no representation on how the platform should operate.
While Twitter’s imposition on freedom of speech may at first seem somewhat inconsequential, it’s a slippery slope with grave consequences. What we see publicly as a few undeserving bans, shadow bans, and other censoring behavior cues us into large-scale narrative shaping from a hidden algorithm controlled by the interest of a board beholden to its massive shareholders. The extent to which Twitter has already been using its power to shape the social narrative can be debated, but the extent to which they have the power to do so is difficult to refute.
Many Twitter users are not American and do not vote in US elections; however, their speech is subject to the goals of a US corporation. Twitter should take into account the voices/views of all users on the platform to create the most equitable experience.
“After all, until social media most people did not have practical freedom of speech. Only the owners of media corporations and their employees did. Giving anyone the ability to be publisher or writer has undermined their cartel. Technology checks their privilege, and so the empire has struck back. For some random Indian or Nigerian or Midwesterner or Middle Easterner to have a voice comparable to a US "journalist" is an intolerable affront.” – Balaji Srinivasan (The Elondrop)
Rather than potentially having Elon Musk make Twitter better for its users, we propose to cut out the middleman.
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