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Stop the Twitterverse, I Want To Get Off

Debra Saunders on

Everyone hates Twitter. Twitter users hate Twitter.

I hate Twitter, and I've posted nearly 65,000 tweets and retweets.

Republicans and Democrats hate Twitter -- which tells you something.

Everyone knows the San Francisco based social-media platform leans left. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., recalled Twitter's threat to shut down his account when he posted a tweet that called for a federal presence to quell urban riots in June 2020.

"In 1992," Cotton had written, "President George H.W. bush ordered the Army's 7th Infantry and 1,500 Marines to quell the Rodney King riots burning down LA. Bush 41 knew that King had been unjustly treated -- 'what I saw made me sick' -- but he knew deadly riots would only multiply the victims."

It was a perfectly reasonable statement -- so of course a Twitter staffer wanted to muzzle him. Cotton pushed back. Twitter backed off. Meanwhile, the episode reaffirmed conservatives' suspicion that Big Tech's speech policies are just another cudgel to pummel the right.

 

Tuesday's hearing, however, showed how Twitter policies affect everyone, regardless of one's politics.

Whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zatko warned that half of Twitter staff could get into anyone's account and siphon personal information -- including data you might not expect to be available, such as your actual location in real time.

"Twitter doesn't even know what it was collecting," Zatko offered.

Zatko served as Twitter's chief security officer from November 2020 until Twitter fired him in January. He noted that 80% of users live outside the United States. No surprise, there have been reports of agents for China and India working inside Twitter.

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