No sooner had the threats from Trump to change the legislation around social media platforms, Twitter doubled down on its fact checking.
In what looked far more like a quest to show it was impartial, Twitter decided to treat its users as idiots.
It fact checked a photo of Derek Chauvin, a now former Minneapolis police officer involved in the inexcusable death of George Floyd, for a doctored photo showing him wearing a red MAGA baseball cap. Does Twitter think people can’t work out a tasteless photoshop?
The other notable fact check was a tweet from Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry who made the audacious claim that the coronavirus outbreak may have begun in the US and planted in China by the U.S. military.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took exception to comments made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who realized what may be coming. Facebook’s chief said,
“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.”
Dorsey rebuffed these statements with,
“[fact-checking] does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth’…Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.”
Was Twitter to fairly dispense consistency and fact check the unverified rubbish inserted into many of the 500 million tweets made every day it couldn’t afford the hall monitoring costs.
The truth is simpler. If Twitter was forced by an independent ‘arbiter of truth’ to examine its own political bias in the mirror it would never seek to go down the path of fact-checking period.
Dopey, Doc, Bashful, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Snow White should be free to exercise their own intellectual curiosity instead of letting the Wicked Witch of the Left try to influence their thought.
As we pointed out yesterday, when the head of Twitter’s integrity department has such glaringly questionable ethics is it any wonder that the rest of us don’t need to take a “byte” of his poisoned apples sold as Twitter magic.
Doubling down against Trump won’t make Twitter the fairest of them all. Not by half. Unless you believe in fairytales.
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