Tears and flapdoodle from Twitter over Nigeria shutdown, with claims that access to its site is a 'human right'
Twitter is aflutter over Nigeria's shutdown of access to its platform for tweeting.
Twitter declares access to its platform a 'human right' despite banning Trump and conservatives for their viewshttps://t.co/Zwk3myNDRL— Diane Lange (@DclareDiane) June 6, 2021
The statement it tweeted is pure tears and flapdoodle.
We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) June 5, 2021
We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn
The twits are "deeply concerned," which is pretty laughable right there.
The claim that the use of Twitter is "a human right" is laughable too: How on earth did humanity get along through the ages without the use of Twitter?
The whole thing thrown into the context of their own bad behavior as censors of the president of the United States takes the cake, though.
According to the Daily Mail:
Twitter declared access to its platform a 'human right' on Saturday, prompting conservatives to accuse the firm of hypocrisy after it banned former President Donald Trump and others for violating its terms of service.
The social media giant's statement came as a response to Nigeria's decision to ban Twitter over the deletion of a tweet from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that was seen as threatening separatist movements.
'We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society,' the company said in a statement.
So they're fine censoring others themselves, they're just upset when others take a look at what they are doing and start imitating them, through the censorship of Twitter. Censorship for me, but not for thee, is that it?
It's the height of their hypocrisy. For these guy to sudden style themselves as champions of free speech, after blocking the leader of the free world, yet letting the world's rogue actors continuing their tweets, is the height of hypocrisy. They lost their moral authority years ago with that measure and now complain that others are imitating them.
The idea that they can be upset about free speech shutdowns is a joke. They shut down voices they don't like all the time, all of them on political grounds. Now they're complaining that the Nigerian president, who runs Africa's largest country by population, shut them down? They don't have a leg to stand on. That guy was just imitating them and their ways, they set the standard.
@Jack, who runs Twitter, has always had a weird fascination for the continent of Africa, so maybe that's why the company has taken such an interest in what Nigeria does. With Nigeria a big market and Twitter generally going downhill in the stock market, it's more likely they're upset about lost market share from the blockage in Nigeria. Boo-hoo! They lost some money.
If they were really concerned about free speech, they'd re-open President Trump's account and those of his supporters cited here, who've also been blocked or shut down.
As it is, they choose to virtue-signal, calling it their principled stance on free speech. Facts tell a different story: They have no principles whatsoever.
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