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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Impeccable Timing

As we've seen time and time again, SJWs can't help themselves. Twitter's most recent attempt to play publisher and manage its trends appears likely to backfire in the near future:

It’s important to note exactly what’s happening here, Twitter is choosing a subject to trend and making a values judgment about why that subject is trending. That’s the very essence of being a publisher. They are publishing their own opinion.

Twitter is saying, “Jason Whitlock opens himself up to criticism after making sexist comments about ESPN hosts.”

I added the bold language because it’s important for all of you to see.

Look at what’s going on here, Twitter is directly deciding what to trend and then making a values judgment about what was said. They are sharing their opinions. You (hopefully) read the columns. Did Whitlock treat anyone in those columns any different than he has countless men, athletes or media figures, he has ripped for decades? In my opinion, of course not.

But maybe you disagree.

That’s fine, that’s your right.

You are entitled to publish your opinion on your website or your social media feeds and be responsible for what you say. And if you do that, you’re being held to a different standard than the platform you write on because you are the content creator. Twitter’s distributing your content to the masses and claiming they aren’t responsible for it, all while monetizing their entire business on opinions. The more people who have opinions all day long, the more money the content platforms make. (Which is why they’re all created to seduce us into caring so much about likes and retweets and attention).

But here’s the deal, Twitter isn’t behaving as a content neutral company in any way when some anonymous person we don’t know who works at Twitter is labeling Whitlock’s opinions sexist. They are directly making a determination about content that they deem objectionable and then featuring it prominently on their website. All in an effort to try and punish the person who has stepped outside the bounds of what they deem to be an acceptable opinion.

Twitter is directly impacting the marketplace of ideas in this country while claiming they aren’t involved at all. They are pretending to be content neutral when in reality they are making a calculated and direct decision to be engaged in editorial content. They are picking sides and claiming to be neutral.

Why does that matter?

Because if you are in the editorial business, you are subject to lawsuits for those opinions you share. If you’re a platform, you aren’t.

So who at Twitter decided Jason Whitlock’s comments were “sexist?” We have no idea. If I had to guess, it was probably someone working in Twitter’s trending topics division but that’s only a guess. In reality, who is that person or persons? What are their biases? Why did they try to slide in their opinion on this topic and hope no one would notice? Why did they decide to make this a trending topic? And most importantly how can Twitter claim to be an unbiased content platform when they make clear editorial decisions such as these?

Those are all fascinating questions.

Which I’m sure Jason Whitlock will be interested in discussing on Thursday of this week.

When he testifies in front of Congress about content discrimination from tech companies.

It's LONG past time to end the platform/publisher dance these companies have been permitted to play. They must be forced to choose one or the other. If you want to edit beyond the direct requirements of the law, you have to take responsibility. If you don't want to take responsibility, then you don't get to edit.

Twitter has taken an official stance that all public criticism of women, no matter how valid, is intrinsically sexist. If you want to  know what a feminist society would look like, now you know.

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23 Comments:

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot September 22, 2020 6:15 AM  

"It’s laughable. Hill, Jones, Le Batard, Sharpe, Wright, Spain, Torre, Deitsch and all the rest fight to keep power in the hands of the white liberal executives who will sit in their glassed offices and determine outcomes that favor their puppets."

Almost (((there))), Jas, almost.

Blogger Weak September 22, 2020 6:50 AM  

Whitlock knows the Overton Window isn't THAT open.

Blogger McChuck September 22, 2020 6:56 AM  

Twitter and Facebook are the real racists, I mean publishers.

Blogger Guy Jean September 22, 2020 7:00 AM  

YT may never have the balls of Ben & Jerry to post their mission statement publicly, but it should nevertheless by now be obvious to all: "Ben & Jerry's says it is an ice cream maker which behaves like a social justice organisation. According to its former chairman Jeff Furman, the company 'sells ice cream to be able to fuel its advocacy'." (Source: the Daily Mail)

Blogger Lazarus September 22, 2020 7:09 AM  

Knaves or Fools?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan September 22, 2020 7:24 AM  

And down the page at Outkick they make mention that Spotify has a bloc of employees who want editorial control over Joe "Ticket taking" Rogan's podcasts, which of course is not a tall order in the big scheme of things. That last sentence is appropriate, the local cow college/football program is playing virus theatre which is basically using the masks of obedience to remove unwanted employees by picky and arbitrary rules enforcement, the black football players could hold orgies but let one white man employee let his mask slip below his chin the strikes mount.

Blogger The Masked Menace September 22, 2020 8:40 AM  

Stand up men. Stop whining. Stand up and be a man. Lead your family, your local community, and your nation. Civilization LITERALLY depends upon it.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 22, 2020 8:46 AM  

"Knaves or Fools?"

Knaves to the point it forces them to pretend to be fools in order to get away with it longer.

Blogger My Comment September 22, 2020 8:57 AM  

It is sad that Trump is so worthless on this issue. Alas he not only can't relate, he loves Ivanka and wants to please her

Blogger My Comment September 22, 2020 9:00 AM  

The only people who care about winning in the culture war are the sjw. That is why the future belongs to them

Blogger Akulkis September 22, 2020 9:11 AM  

"Twitter has taken an official stance that all public criticism of women, no matter how valid, is intrinsically sexist. If you want to know what a feminist society would look like, now you know."

Since we know that the "Trust & Safety Council" at Twitter is overloaded with women, and blue-, green-, and purple-haired women more than others, this is not in the least bit surprising.

Blogger Eincrou September 22, 2020 9:19 AM  

The summaries of trending topics were added to the "What's happening" section a few weeks ago. I don't think attempting to describe trends is a bad idea. If I don't know what a topic is about, I usually can't be bothered to scroll through the tweets, many of which are useless to understanding what's actually going on.

But Twatter, being the ultra-converged organization that it is, couldn't stay serious and focused on creating plain, neutral summaries of what was driving these trending discussions. They couldn't keep it straight for just a few months, so people would get acclimated to the company describing trends in an unobjectionable manner. No, they got cheeky with this immediately.

When "RIPJKRowling" was trending last week, their description was "No, JK Rowling is not dead." There's a tiny bit of information there, but it's mostly someone being snarky and unhelpful.

I've seen other trend summaries that included the author's opinions, or elevated one side of an issue over the other. I can't remember any specific examples off the top of my head, but I have been stunned at the rank bias of some of these trend descriptions by Twatter.

More broadly, the "What's happening" section, which is where these summaries are given, is terrible. It's an awful replacement for the former "Trending" section, even for the version that was 100% human-curated after the alt-right was able to get the original, honest, unfiltered trending system to include dissident ideas. This "What's happening" is also 100% human curated, and is limited to five items without expanding it, half of which are news stories Twatter has decided to promote (more editorial decisions going on there). Those news items are often from a day or two ago. It's bizarre that they would show old stories because Twitter is supposed to be an instantaneous feed of what people are talking about around the world, even more so for the "What's happening" section. And, of course, one of the five slots available in the un-expanded "What's happening" section is reserved for a corporate-sponsored fake trend. Simply terrible.

Blogger My Comment September 22, 2020 9:27 AM  

Twitter understands that they have nothing to lose in displaying their bias

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 September 22, 2020 9:29 AM  

This is why I like SG. Besides the Clean Speech, which isn't that big of a deal, you are pretty much allowed to express whatever opinion you like, no matter how insane or wrong you are.

Which is pretty much everyone else but me.

Blogger Canadian Warlord September 22, 2020 9:34 AM  

The few remaining nba fans' GAF meter on this, has got to be ultra-low. It's articles about tweets. Layers removed from the game. That's where the debates are centered now - what he said about what she tweeted and how he's a big meanie. This is the ground that sjw's are fighting for control of.

They should be encouraged to put all their effort, right here. Make this a large campaign, get politicians involved. The nba needs to give all its media voting rights to unqualified dumb bitches. The hotter the better!

Blogger Joe Smith September 22, 2020 10:09 AM  

The only people who care about winning in the culture war are the sjw. That is why the future belongs to them.

You're in the wrong place for blackpilled whining.

Blogger FUBARwest September 22, 2020 10:14 AM  

How does Twitter manage to always screw up and at the worst possible times? If Whitlock is testifying before Congress on Thursday, why on the world would you do something this boneheaded that can only hurt you 3 days before he meets with the Senate about this very thing? The worst part is the entire right, with the exception of our host and a few others, lose to these idiots all of the time.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine September 22, 2020 10:44 AM  

"The nba needs to give all its media voting rights to unqualified dumb bitches. The hotter the better!"

There's the catch. Attractive women are attractive in large part because they care about what men want, and go to pains to match it. Not dumb. However, we're talking lowest common denominator as usual, so it'll be the hideous social rejects who hate all men who eventually end up on top, riding the dumpster fire into the ground.

Blogger pyrrhus September 22, 2020 11:00 AM  

It is sad that Trump is so worthless on this issue. Alas he not only can't relate, he loves Ivanka and wants to please her

Trump hasn't yet been forced to realize what the rest of us have, that much as we love them, some of our family members are dangerous idiots in league with an enemy that wants us, and them, dead....

Blogger crescent wrench September 22, 2020 3:33 PM  

Again, wake me up when there's a lawfare group dedicated to this, because committee hearings are designed specifically to NOT get the job done.

The Trump judges are there, it's time to leverage them.

Blogger Blume September 22, 2020 7:47 PM  

As some who actually watched Katie Nolan before she became a sports show girl, Jason is completely right and this is a dumb hill to die on. She wasn't a sports anything. She was cute girl who did a daily show lite on a men's blog before the thot revolution. Her getting a sports gig was ridiculous. There are probably 100 girls in bikinis doing a better sports commentary than her on twitch or some other site right now.

Blogger CM September 22, 2020 10:23 PM  

Are we far enough in for this to be considered a matriarchy?

Blogger Canada78Bear September 23, 2020 4:47 PM  

All criticisms no matter how valid and researched are intrinsically bad and must be censored. This feels oddly familiar...

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