Now in all honesty, I haven't cared for the platforms for quite a while. I don't like Facebook because it has always been rotten about its user's privacy, and all y'all know that I just can't keep myself to the 17 character (or whatever it is) tweet limit. It's the same reason that I pretty much dropped off of Gab.ai.
But this underlines the fact that they own their users. Not cool. I'll stick with our little corner of the Blogosphere, thank you very much.
But probably the biggest objection that we've heard (and heard again, and again) about Donald Trump is that he violates long standing norms of behavior. What's interesting is that his opponents are the ones who are now the biggest violators of norms. Here is a media company censoring the White House Press Secretary. [blink] [blink]
Heck, even a lefty hack like Jake Tapper sums up the situation:
So no thanks. It's so bad that a raving libertarian like me is totally down with the Fed.Gov breaking up the Twitter and Facebook (and Google) monopolies and declaring them to be publishers, not platforms. Let it all fight out in the courts, but just those announcements will tank the stock prices which will make it hard for them to acquire new companies and executive talent. They're the modern Robber Barons and some Trust Busting is well past due.*
Note: blogger Ann Althouse looks at the story's provenance and is skeptical about the emails. It's an interesting read - not calling them "fake" but rather suspicious. But she agrees that Twitter and Facebook haven't covered themselves in glory here.
* UPDATE 15 October 2020 09:37: Interestingly, Miguel posted the exact same idea about libertarians.
UPDATE 15 October 2020 09:47: This is an interesting perspective about why the "Streisand Effect" applies so closely here:
UPDATE 15 October 2020 11:48: Lawrence has the second drop from the New York Post about Hunter's corruption with China. No doubt the Post is getting a lot more views today because of the Streisand Effect. Oft evil will shall evil mar, and all that.