The era of Elon Musk has been in complete disarray. But I’m not giving up on Twitter yet

The era of Elon Musk has been in complete disarray.  But I’m not giving up on Twitter yet

The era of Elon Musk has been in complete disarray. But I’m not giving up on Twitter yet

On Friday, October 28, I went to sleep after posting on Twitter. When I woke up the next morning, the site became 4Chan. immediately after Elon Musk Bought the platform, it was flooded By racist and anti-Semitic trolls. The equinox may not have changed – it will be a week before the musk half layoff The company—but these trolls are encouraged, and excited by the prospect of Twitter becoming the new Gab. Remind me of the next moment right away Donald Trump elected. Their man has won, and now they’ll have a race in place.

Musk has owned Twitter for just over 10 days, and the transformation is drastic, deep, and murderous as hell. On Thursday night, some employees discovered that he had begun laying off half of the company after they logged out of their Slack and company email accounts.

The massacre took place in a typical musky style: email Twitter employees“If your job is not affected, you will receive a notification via your Twitter email. If your job is affected, you will receive a notification of next steps via your personal email.”

But the chaos was not under control. New York times It reported that at least one of the approximately 3,700 employees who were laid off was Locked from the company’s systems During a call about a Twitter Blue product. Musk severe layoffs, which included cavity Election information teams, can feed misinformation nightmare just forward From mid-term (although the platform’s long-standing blue check check system change, which was originally announced on Saturday, appears to now be I’m waiting Even right after election day). Meanwhile, Twitter It said He asks some employees who have just been fired to return, and Musk, who heralded a return “comedy” and “Freedom of Expression” on the platform Warning users Sunday against impersonating people after some prominent accounts began tweeting the name “Elon Musk”. Watching musk dissolve as if you were watching it Kanye West Melt like watching Trump melt. We are trapped in the Moebius tape of a narcissistic tyrant.

I never thought Musk would buy Twitter. I thought he’d get out of it at the last minute, and obviously, so did. But he didn’t. For Musk, Twitter is an expensive game. But for many of us, Twitter is not a game at all. Many journalists and politicians dedicate hours each day to the platform. I am one of worst offenders. I love Twitter. A lot of my digital life (aka my life) happens on Twitter. Find my news on Twitter. I find it very helpful to know what other people think of the news I read.

But I’m not on Twitter just to get information and share it. I also use Twitter for its greatest spiritual and deepest purpose: to mock terrible politicians like them. Ted Cruz. And my hours on Twitter were not in vain: The platform has been incredibly good to me. After having kids, I went back to writing by throwing away 140 characters at a time. My watches and clocks on the platform have been rewarded with over 1 million followers and, most importantly, a sense of community. It’s cliched, but I love my little internet world, despite the occasional death threat. I love interacting with everyone from strangers to celebrities. I loved the openness of the place. I still have direct messages open, which means anyone can send me one.

some Famous PeopleAnd journalists and others have made big statements about leaving Twitter, or have publicly considered leaving, and I respect the hell of that. But here’s the problem: there’s no such place to go. As writers or “content producers” we need a place to share our content. Books without readers cease to exist. Twitter is a very valuable tool for writers trying to find readers. Without Twitter, we have to rely on Google Home, Apple News, and Drudge Report to spread our stories. These places are good, but they themselves are gatekeepers. You cannot enter the Google Home page. Trust me, I’ve tried. The need to connect with my readers will keep me on the platform until something better comes along. I have no choice.

Right now, social media still has very little gatekeepers, which is good, but each platform is owned by a more nefarious entity, which is bad. Because of Facebook leaks and whistleblowers Frances Hogan We now know the people who run Facebook’s parent company Meta Its algorithms were Users overdo it. Then there is TikTok, which is owned by Chinese parent company with mentioned links to the country’s government (although the company denies Chinese influence). Musk spent 11 days owning the platform respond to me far right Characters like Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton And the Ian Miles Cheung. Does this mean he is on the far right? Who do you know? He expressed his happiness when you were too phishing by Glenn Greenwald. Although we don’t know what lies at the heart and mind of Musk, he certainly appears to have a very clear case of brain worms. There’s a lot of talk about social media becoming a neutral public good, but how many of these owners might want to put their fingers on the scale? all of them?

I don’t enjoy watching Musk crack his new game, but I’ll stay on Twitter until there’s a real alternative. I’m testing mastodonsWhich, confusingly, is a bit like an Ikea online kit with its own missing wrenches. But people online need a place to live, so maybe Mastodon is my new home, or at least my new Örfjäll chair.

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