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dmgtz96

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Given the news today of Apple criticising Elon Musk. What is the significance of Twitter?
I keep thinking with all this attention on Twitter, and the rest of the social media.

How significant a part does this play on most peoples ‘actual’ lives.

How important really is this stuff ?
It's not. Otherwise "influencers" would get a lot of free stuff, but for the most part they don't.

Obviously for some businesses perhaps it’s essential for promotion and marketing. Maybe the same for an artist if they really want success.

But…

Does social media have to be paid that much attention or is it so easy to get sucked in to the less healthy aspects of it, that many won’t even know that they have.

Would perhaps most people be happier without so much of it?
Yep, I'm pretty sure that excessive use of social media is linked to depression and other mental health disorders. Many people would be better off just not using social media.
 
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Anyways, the attention on Twitter is happening because it's frankly entertaining watching Elon melt down in real time (and a large chunk of his wealth vanish). Elon desperately wants Twitter to be a bastion of "free speech," but at the same time he is criticizing companies exercising their free speech when they don't want to work with him or advertise on Twitter.
The hypocrisy is hilarious and shows that he's not that smart or the "free speech" supporter he thinks he is.
 
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Anyways, the attention on Twitter is happening because it's frankly entertaining watching Elon melt down in real time (and a large chunk of his wealth vanish). Elon desperately wants Twitter to be a bastion of "free speech," but at the same time he is criticizing companies exercising their free speech when they don't want to work with him or advertise on Twitter.
The hypocrisy is hilarious and shows that he's not that smart or the "free speech" supporter he thinks he is.
err, and how is critiquing companies for not wanting to work with him a limitation on (their) free speech precisely? 😅

they can still perfectly voice their opinion on the platform m8. So far he's only banned unverified impersonation (slander etc) accounts and cracked down on pedo networks. Where did he ban Apple's voice again? how does publically critiquing someone for not wanting to work with witter translate to anti-free-speech in your mind exactly?


I do agree that the levels of dual-standard have indeed been hilarious, but not coming from Musk who's actually fairly consistent in his (rather) centrist right position on that.

The same people that, for the latter half of the last decade done nothing but screetch rhetoric like:
- "offensive speech is violence"
- "consequence-culture"
and my personal favorite:
- "bro, its a private company it can do what it wants"

Now all of a sudden care about unlimited free speech.
Now that is their little monopolized online culture fun-platform on the line, all of a sudden free speech became the highest virtue again instead of "muh dogwistle fascism"

yeah get bend..certain folks either have a very selective memory or are very small hypocrite children who might want to read up on concepts like consistency.

Meanwhile on the financial front and based on the annualized percentages at least: twitters net profit margin skyrocketed from minus 20% to plus 28% overnight. Thats more then Apple and Google. the Docs are on the SEC website. Dunno bout you, but I've yet to see if this so called inevitable crash that's being prayed for is actually going to happen 🤷‍♀️
 
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