Rasputin look alike Jack Dorsey hadn’t even given up his parking space before new Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal rolled out a new policy that states:
Under our private information policy, you can’t share the following types of private information or media, without the permission of the person who it belongs to:
home address or physical location information, including street addresses, GPS coordinates or other identifying information related to locations that are considered private;
identity documents, including government-issued IDs and social security or other national identity numbers – note: we may make limited exceptions in regions where this information is not considered to be private;
contact information, including non-public personal phone numbers or email addresses;
financial account information, including bank account and credit card details; and
other private information, including biometric data or medical records.
NEW: media of private individuals without the permission of the person(s) depicted. “
It’s that last entry that will be viewed as the nail in the proverbial coffin of Twitter as a platform for free speech. Now, of course this rule will be applied unequally. The entity this is most likely directed at is Project Veritas. The guerrilla journalist outfit has made their bones by getting people on camera saying and doing things that are either illegal, unethical, or just contrary to their public positions.
Of course, this rule will also put the legacy media in the crosshairs. Imagine the example of a news outlet running the mugshot of an apprehended criminal. Do you think the criminal will give permission to have that image circulated? Or consider the recent Kyle Rittenhouse shootings and trial. Under Twitter’s new policy, the sharing of the Kyle Rittenhouse videos that showed him on the night of the shootings in Kenosha could be pulled down if Rittenhouse himself objected to their sharing.
Of course, this rule will be applied unevenly and with extreme prejudice to those that Twitter doesn’t like, namely, conservative voices. If you think I’m overhyping this, then consider this scenario.
Rewind to the summer of 2016. Twitter updates their rules to include this new provision. Along comes October, and the Access Hollywood “grab them by the p@ssy” tape is leaked to the press in an attempt to stop the Trump campaign. Do you honestly think Twitter would ban posts that use that media? Of course not.
This rule will stand to only further exemplify how Twitter applies it rules inconsistently, and 99 times out of 100, with malice towards those it disagrees with.
Personally, I think it’s great. I see it as Twitter slitting its own throat and for one can’t wait until it drowns in the blood of its hypocrisy. I’ve long contended that Twitter is a garbage platform run by garbage people giving other garbage people phony cachet and existing solely as an echo chamber for said garbage people to spew garbage things.
Any policy update they make that hastens their arrival at the Myspace funeral home, the better.