Jack Dorsey Pandered to Right-Wingers, They Still Came After Him

Trump Won’t Be Happy Until Twitter Allows Him to Lie At Will

Manny Otiko

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (JD Lasica/Flickr)

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There is a certain amount of schadenfreude (taking pleasure in other’s suffering) at watching the tweeter-in-chief threaten to go after Twitter. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has bent over backward for right-wingers.

Unfortunately, he listened to the lies about tech companies having a liberal bias and has avoided cracking down on right-wing commenters. Unfortunately, this has led to an increased crackdown on anyone who’s not conservative.

I have personal experience with this. After junior Karen Tomi Lahren released another brain fart, I tweeted at her that she was “acting like a bimbo.” What I meant by the comment was that she was smarter than that and pretending to be dumb.

Within an hour, I received a message from Twitter saying they were censoring my post, and if I repeated the behavior, my account would be deleted. It had a chilling effect because from then on, I refused to say anything about Lahren.

This is the ultimate goal of right-wing criticism of social media. They want to be allowed to say whatever they want, and everyone else censored. It’s the same Jedi mind trick they played on the mainstream media. For decades, they accused the mainstream media of having a liberal bias and got them to believe it. Now supposedly liberal outlets, such as The New York Times and CNN, go out of their way to showcase right-wing views, no matter how extreme they are.

There is no liberal bias on tech platforms. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a techno-fascist who tolerates neo-Nazis on his platform and schmoozes with Trump and Rupert Murdoch. He’s firmly in the Trump camp and wants to help him win again in 2020. Facebook also helped Cambridge Analytica with data that crafted a pro-Trump propaganda campaign in 2016.

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Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.