Hello, geek friends!
Wow! What a week! Trump’s account finally got suspended on Twitter
and pretty much all other major social media platforms. It’s an action that should have been taken a lot sooner, IMO. It’s going to be interesting to see the fallout and ramifications of this decision for the big tech companies in the year(s) ahead.
Forget Trump for a moment. The fact the president of a global superpower has been banned across multiple social platforms has understandably reignited the contentious debate about freedom of speech, censorship, and the enduring concerns about the power a small number of companies (and executives within them) hold over what can be published online.
For an interesting take on this, check out this clip of journalism professor and author Jeff Jarvis chatting to the BBC
about this very thorny issue. Good points, well made, I think.
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Here are a few other things I spotted this week which you may have missed:
Right… Let’s get on with this week’s big social media talking points, updates, and changes. Lots to discuss!
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