I am deeply suspicious of the platform's ability to shape the parameters of acceptable thought.

This topic has been in Twitter's "What's happening" box for about 20 hours now. It is not a standard trending topic, it is platform-promoted content.
If you click, you see a carefully curated view with limited interaction, and only selected responses.

The posts themselves didn't actually have that much engagement to begin with, and you have to wonder if they only do now because they were heavily promoted.
I read this and I think it is regressive and incoherent, but this is twitter telling everyone what is acceptable, what is permitted, what will win you the approval of the group.

And group approval means you are more likely to *believe*.
You will accept things as true if your position in a group depends on it, or you risk shaming if you do not.

This is the medium wholly defining its own landscape, in its own interest, and using psychological manipulation to condition the behaviour of everybody on it.
Social media is not a neutral purveyor of information. Everything comes with the baggage of group identity attached, weighting how readily you will accept/reject the information.

This is creating inescapable cognitive traps and rewarding polarisation.
Our own self-inflicted group relations are bad enough, but the ability of Twitter to then curate specific viewpoints as the acceptable/encouraged belief of "the group" in some sort of transcendent uber-narrative - and to unilaterally hide or ban dissent - is concerning.
Of course the irony now is I see Twitter is showing me this in my "what's happening".

Which is another piece about taking individual responsibility for deliberate sharing of disinformation, and nothing at all about platforms manipulating our unconscious drives for profit.

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