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Seth Frantzman @sfrantzman
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Thread: Twitter suspended and disappeared account linked to the mail bomb suspect, (@hardrockintlent), which Twitter thinks makes the issue go away, but it makes it harder for researchers, journalists to expose the path of hate that led to this (see @EliotHiggins thread)
The problem is that social media giants are not regulated by governments to archive these details and make them searchable, because our governments have allowed them total control of information on their platforms, even information affecting all of us
So for instance these social media giants might allow this material that even helped fan the flames of hate, but then when an incident happens, it just "suspends" or deletes the account as if it was never there
Why do they have this power and why won't governments step in and regulate for transparency? Responding to Nazi propaganda we don't simple delete from our history every book or statement related to their history, we learn from it, we have places we can study it or see it
Newspapers that once ran racist opeds, or ran opeds by someone who went on to commit a crime, don't simply delete all the articles and pretend it never happened. There are still places you can see and learn from it and track how it developed and let the public ask questions
The public has a real public interest in seeing how hatred develops online, to see how, for instance, thousands of basically threats were made by the person who apparently became the bomber, and were ignored. The public wants answers, but deleting the account says "no answers"
Social media giants are increasingly trying to hide their role in these issues. Even though they are often the best place to see the developments of how people use their platforms to spread hate and develop an extremist system online
Governments need to step in and regulate how social media giants preserve information and make more transparent many issues related to hate speech online, and also why certain accounts suspended and not others. #Endoftheinternet
One method might be to have asuspended version of of the account, locked to replies but still visible, perhaps in a reduced form or with watermarks on it “suspended”
Yet another way would be to have a Twitter “trusted users” section or “research” section where people could register and verify themselves and then have access to certain transparent details about these issues of public interest
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