I wish we could put an end to the trend of re-posting far-right agitprop from Gab, Telegram, etc. onto Twitter. Yes, it’s important to track this stuff and, yes, some of it is worth a wider discussion, but if you’re re-posting that stuff everyday, you’re just amplifying them.
What’s the point of deplatforming racists and far-right agitators if a bunch of people are just going to re-post their Gab/Telegram stuff on Twitter for them? If you really oppose what these people are saying, don’t be their microphone.
Same thing with Fox News/Tucker Carlson. Yes, it’s important to keep an eye on what Fox/Tucker are saying, because it’s reaching millions of people. But there are ways of keeping people informed about that without giving them free advertising every single night.
I get the temptation, and I fall into that trap sometimes, too. But when you breathlessly follow and share every hateful utterance of these people — even if you’re critical of them when you do it — you’re letting them drive the narrative. You’re ceding control to them.
There are quite a few people out there who are household names more because of the people who dislike them than the people who actually like them. And on the Internet, algorithms don’t care if you’re hate-posting or fangirling — all that matters is that you’re talking about them.

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