Unintentional Joke of the Day! Or possibly the millennium. After Twitter banned the President of Nigeria for a tweet threatening stern consequences for young protesters who are launching arson attacks on government offices and police stations, the government of Nigeria retaliated by banning Twitter from the entire country.
You’re right, that’s hilarious (without Twitter, I’ll bet the people of Nigeria get smarter, nicer and more tolerant almost overnight), but I haven’t even gotten to the really funny part yet. Here’s Twitter’s response to being banned from Nigeria (warning, you might want to sit down to keep from falling over laughing):
“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. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn."
So Twitter now admits that in banning Donald Trump, they are denying an American President an essential human right. Likewise, every time they ban a conservative for expressing a conservative viewpoint, or any American for expressing an opinion counter to the unquestionable authority of whatever “experts” their “factcheckers” rely on, they have denied those people an essential human right in modern society.
As you might imagine, a number of prominent conservatives had a field day with Twitter’s bone-jarring hypocrisy, and you can read a round-up of their replies at the link above. A couple of favorites: James Woods, who has been suspended from Twitter on various occasions, replied, “If irony were a food, Twitter could cure hunger overnight.”
And referring to the left’s argument that if you don’t like Twitter’s biased censorship, you can build your own social media platform, one anonymous user told Twitter, “Just build your own Nigeria then.”
Personally, I think Twitter’s hypocrisy speaks for itself, but then, it long has. Aside from Trump and conservatives, what about the way Twitter denies this essential human right to Iranians? Twitter is also officially banned in China, yet Twitter blocked people for questioning China’s official story on the origins of COVID-19. Why did they deny people’s essential human right to be on Twitter to protect a regime that denies the essential human right to be on Twitter?
And while I don’t endorse feminist author Naomi Wolf’s extreme tweets about COVID-19 vaccines, like that they enable you to “time-travel,” isn’t it even more extreme to ban her permanently with no right to appeal, thereby depriving her forever of an “essential human right?” Critics accuse her of spouting crazy, dangerous nonsense, but Hollywood is full of people who do that and they never get banned from Twitter.
I stay on Twitter because it is a good way to reach people, but I’ve also built up my own website, newsletter, TV show, podcast and accounts on many other social media platforms, just in case. To cite some country wisdom, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Especially not a basket that draws more loons than a porch light draws moths.