Rotten Tomatoes, the film and television review-aggregation website announced new changes. Namely, how users will interact with and let their opinions be heard on the Rotten Tomatoes. They will no longer allow trolls to brigade the website and declare a project is a failure.
Twitter can be a toxic cesspool of weaponized hatred. It will continue to be one until the people in charge take steps to clean it up. Until then, here’s an easy way to keep a lot of the trolls from appearing in your Mentions.
Go to “Notifications” and then select “Setting” on the right. This will bring up the following screen:
In “Mute notifications from people:” check off “Who haven’t confirmed their email” and “Who haven’t confirmed their phone number.” Then press “Save Changes.”
Once I did this, I saw a lot less toxic comments in my Mentions.
I actually had no idea people could create a Twitter account without verifying their email address and their phone number. I just assumed people had to confirm their real email address and phone number. It seems crazy to me that they don’t. This is especially true when you factor in how much toxic hate gets thrown at people, especially by those associated with Comicsgate.
Eventually, Twitter will make confirming a person’s email address and phone number a mandatory step when creating an account. Hopefully, they’ll do a lot more to verify people. How can they not? They should be doing a lot more than that. Everyone – not just celebrities – should be able to confirm their identity with a government ID and a credit card. Then, there should be a setting that only allows verified accounts to appear in your feed.
If Twitter doesn’t do this, another company will and they will put Twitter out of business. At this point in the timeline, perhaps that’s best.
Former child actor and Internet social activist Wil Wheaton decided to leave Twitter. The reason? Because Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey refused to ban Info Wars host Alex Jones, someone Wheaton didn’t like.
I’ve got to admit, I enjoy the comedy stylings of Alex Jones, although not directly from the man himself. I like him best when his foolishness is pointed out by others and then ridiculed for it. I was sad to see Jones get kicked off YouTube because it made it harder for people to mock him.
If YouTube allows someone as repulsive as Boogie2988 to remain on their platform, it stands to reason they’ll allow anyone to remain. Or so I thought.
A day that will go down in Twitter infamy
Wil Wheaton left Twitter on August 17, 2018. Twitter could continue doing what it wanted to do, it just couldn’t do it with Wheaton still on board.
I didn’t know this, but there’s a fake version of Twitter called Mastodon. Instead of using a centralized server like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other similar services transfer information, it uses smaller decentralized networks and computers to do it. Much like you can send email to people who are not using the same email server as you, Mastodon messages can be read by other Mastodon members.
Wil Wheaton joined Mastodon to fill the massive void created by not having Twitter in his life anymore.
Mastodon has a large trans user base. Many of the trans users on Mastodon didn’t like Wheaton and have even claimed to feel unsafe by his mere presence on the service. The reason? Because back in the days of Gamergate, Wheaton endorsed GGAutoBlocker, the Twitter blocklist created by Randi Harper. She created a block list based not on the actions of people, but because of who people followed.
Randi Harper is a terrible human being
I was listed on the GGAutoBlocker. I harassed or attacked no one. How did I end up on the list? Because for a time I followed Milo Yiannopoulos, a one-time leader in the Gamergate community. I followed him not because I agreed with him (I didn’t), but because I was interested in the stupid things he said and did. For as long as I can remember, I’ve appreciated listening to the voices of people I didn’t agree with. I’ve found it helps me better define what I believe in and even more importantly, what I do not believe in.
As it turns out, not only was Randi Harper adding people to her blocklist she deemed to be pro-Gamergate (I was not), she was also adding known trans women because she personally didn’t like trans women. Or something. I don’t really know the specifics and I’m too lazy to go to Ask Jeeves and find out.
It all came to a head for Wil Wheaton when he blocked a trans woman for pulling a prank on him that involved the old “deez nuts” joke. This person then rallied other trans people and as a group demanded Mastodon remove Wheaton. Unlike Twitter’s response to Wil Wheaton’s demand to remove Alex Jones from the platform, Mastodon was more than happy to comply with the demand to remove Wheaton.
Wil Wheaton is no longer on the decentralized platform.
So there you have it. Wil Wheaton finds himself without Twitter and fake Twitter. It’s a sad tale. People like Wheaton rely on Twitter as a mechanism to share their virtue. I actually feel bad for him. What good is it to want to punch Nazis if you can’t broadcast that fact on social media? I guess he’ll just have to start actually punching people he decides are Nazis and let people find out about it from police reports and TMZ.
I follow Donald Trump on Twitter. I don’t know why I do it. I don’t like Donald Trump. I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I think most of what he has done since becoming President has been wrong. I guess I follow Donald Trump on Twitter to see all the stupid and unnecessary things he tweets about.
Donald Trump tweeted something yesterday that provoked a response from me:
Here is the tweet I made in response:
Upon leaving the above tweet, I received the following message on Twitter:
We’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.
What’s going on?
Creating a safer environment for people to freely express themselves is critical to the Twitter community, so if behavior that may violate the Twitter Rules is detected, certain account features become limited. We’ve detected some potentially abusive behavior from your account, so only your followers can see your activity on Twitter for the amount of time shown below. Your account will be restored to full functionality in: 12 hours and 0 minutes.
The countdown will begin once you continue to Twitter.
Twitter thinks making fun of Donald Trump is abuse
I called Donald Trump a tiny-handed, thin-skinned douche-nozzle and I’m labeled as potentially abusive. I’m supposed to believe that what I said made Donald Trump’s experience on Twitter feel unsafe? Sorry if I robbed the sensitive orange snowflake of his safe space.
The whole thing is absurd. What I said is factually correct. Donald Trump does have tiny hands. Donald Trump is thin-skinned. Donald Trump is a douche-nozzle. Who knew telling it like it is about an elected official, one who received fewer votes than his opponent, could get you labeled as abusive? Talking shit about your elected officials is as American as no-fault divorce and type 2 diabetes. Twitter is being un-American.
In the end, the joke’s on Twitter. I don’t think anyone other than the people who follow me ever sees my Tweets. The 12-hour limitation is a limitation without distinction.