Twitter is a private organisation and should be able to do as they please, as long as it is legal. Sure, it is a large platform with enormous following and therefore anybody can achieve a serious influence, by sheer numbers. However, the idea of imposing special rules because of their power is by definition left-wing.
Completely agree that corporations should be allowed to conduct their business as they see fit. However, we do require corporations to be honest about the products they purvey, and that's the problem here. They do not acknowledge that they curate the discourse to limit the expression of conservative and reactionary viewpoints.
I can understand issue of foreign powers influencing American politics, but again, there isn't much one can do about it. This is the price of free speech. Pool's throwing in "American People" meme when his other arguments were countered was a cheap trick as well. Nevertheless, the moment you want to regulate speech you lean towards the left. As they mentioned, 75% of Twitter's audience is foreign, and so - as they mentioned - politics of other countries can be influenced as well. Anything worthwhile can and will always be manipulated for someone's benefit. Not to forget that policing forum so large is difficult, and some violations will go unnoticed. I think the left could find plenty of examples where illegal right wing tweets went unpunished.
Pretty sure that foreigners expressing opinions, openly or in veiled ways, is not a problem. There's very little solid data to suggest that foreign viewpoints are forcing any course of action in the USA, and if so, they're doing it as part of the marketplace of ideas. Not all foreign influence is bad, it's how democracy and pasteurization came to the Americas.
The problem for Twitter and other private operators is that the "minorities" (the left) are much more active in their pursuit of justice. You can get away with rude jokes about lawyers and doctors, but try the same with homosexuals or or ethnic minorities. I am yet to see American Medical Association react to the insinuation that all doctors are greedy and only want your money, the fashionable adage of the last couple of decades. The right are financially powerful, why don't they sue Twitter for every post they find offensive?
This gets to the Bio-Leninism posts I made a while back. The REAL currency of humans isn't money or power, it's status. The other things are simply means to an end. For the Left, and the ersatz world they've created, status is gained in two ways: (i
) claiming oppressed status; an (ii
) vilifying oppressor group. The straight, white, male has as a consequence become the scapegoat for the sins of us all. In service of this basic model, all facts are optional and only considered where convenient. Whites aren't a majority on earth. There are more women than men on earth. Homosexuals are objectively disordered. Does any of that matter anymore? No. And as a corporation, why would Twitter care about the truth, when what they really want is market share captured by Bio-Leninist appeal to political correctness?
My point: freedom of any kind is a trade off. You want free speech - prepare for downsides. Pool can go crazy writing about the evils of Twitter in every newspaper he can get into, on his Youtube channel and blog. But as soon as he starts demanding Twitter police - especially on terms he thinks fair - he loses by default.
It is known.
Also I made all your words pink because you're gay.