ABC Is Upset That Twitter Is Ending Its “Covid 19 Misinformation” Censorship Policy. ABC Should Shut Up And Address Its Own Misinformation

The report from ABC News is rife with significance and illumination. Sayeth the network, a bulwark of the biased mainstream media propaganda machine, in its headline, “Twitter ends enforcement of COVID misinformation policy: Twitter is no longer enforcing its policy against misinformation about COVID-19.”

If one had to choose a single topic about which it is ridiculous and hypocritical for the news media to complain about alleged “misinformation,” I can’t imagine a more perfect one than the pandemic. The ABC story is unintentionally hilarious in its resolute refusal to acknowledge reality, thus qualifying as misinformation, disinformation, or perhaps just “typical unethical journalism deception” itself. ABC’s self-own is also useful, as it provides one more example, as if more were necessary, of how desperately the Axis of Evil (you know by now, I hope: “the resistance”/ Democratic Party/ mainstream media” anti-democracy team) needs to see Elon Musks mission to rescue free speech and the dissemination of non-conforming opinions and embargoed information fail.

Some highlights:

Twitter’s decision to no longer remove false claims about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines disappointed public health officials, however, who said it could lead to more false claims about the virus, or the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

Health experts have thoroughly disgraced themselves for three years by feeding bad information regarding the Wuhan virus and its pals to the news media and the public, sometimes intentionally. They, more than anyone, are ethically estopped from complaining about “misinformation” or “false claims about the virus.” What, like the claims that paper masks protected against it? That one had to wipe down surfaces? That we needed to stop touching our faces? That the virus couldn’t be spread by George Floyd demonstrations, only mass gatherings like church services?

While Twitter’s efforts to stop false claims about COVID weren’t perfect, the company’s decision to reverse course is an abdication of its duty to its users, said Paul Russo, a social media researcher and dean of the Katz School of Science and Health at Yeshiva University in New York.

Nice use of Rationalization #19. The Perfection Diversion, or “Nobody’s Perfect!” and “Everybody makes mistakes!,”  Paul! From the description: “This is a legitimate defense if, in fact, an individual has been accused of not being perfect. Usually, however, it is an attempt to minimize the significance of genuine misconduct.” Virtually all of Twitter’s “misinformation” censorship involved the partisan and idologically motivated silencing of those who challenged progressive orthodoxy, and it wasn’t unintentional or “a mistake.”

Russo added that it’s the latest of several recent moves by Twitter that could ultimately scare away some users and even advertisers. Some big names in business have already paused their ads on Twitter over questions about its direction under Musk. “It is 100% the responsibility of the platform to protect its users from harmful content,” Russo said. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”

Ah! Russo is a Leftist operative! His tribe fervently  believes that any information, statement or opinion that doesn’t advance The Mission is “harmful,” Who determines what is “harmful content”? Well, on Twitter it has been  people like Russo. The ex-staffer—a “trust and safety” chief—responsible for the Hunter Biden story cover-up said yesterday, “We didn’t know what to believe, we didn’t know what was true, there was smoke — and ultimately for me, it didn’t reach a place where I was comfortable removing this content from Twitter. But it set off every single one of my finely tuned APT28 hack and leak campaign alarm bells.”

Translation:  His”finely tuned” biases ruled the decision.

Yet a fifth of the U.S. population hasn’t been vaccinated, most Americans haven’t gotten the latest boosters, and many have stopped wearing masks.

Oh, NOOOO!!!! They’ve stopped wearing virtually useless masks that they pull down under their noses or wear alone in the car, and that muffle their speech and ruin facial communication! Thanks to the CDC, ABC and other deliberate seeders of pandemic terror and hysteria, my sister, I learned, actually brought her own electric air purifier to the home where she had been invited to Thanksgiving dinner! She’s a full-fledged phobic now, because she watched MSNBC and refuses to accept the fact that ABC et al. are manipulating the news to manipulate people like her.

Musk, who has himself spread COVID misinformation on Twitter, has signaled an interest in rolling back many of the platform’s previous rules meant to combat misinformation.

Journalism! Musk spent over 40 billion dollars to buy Twitter expressly to stop it from poisoning public discourse and free speech with its partisan censorship. That’s one hell of a “signal”! Those previous rules weren’t meant to combat “misinformation,” they were meant to combat opinions and dissent that Twitter and the aspiring Totalitarian Left—like ABC— found inconvenient.

14 thoughts on “ABC Is Upset That Twitter Is Ending Its “Covid 19 Misinformation” Censorship Policy. ABC Should Shut Up And Address Its Own Misinformation

  1. Musk’s fall from Leftist grace over the last 6 months has been fascinating. In March, he and Tesla were the planet’s saviors. Now he is a pariah. Well done, Elon. I might not like your cars (tour rickets are cool) or your personality but your Free Speech Absolutism is exactly what we need. Would that the ACLU, et al would pay a bit of attention.

    jvb

    • Agree completely. No trust engendered by the networks. None by the CDC (proven to be in the thrall of the stinking teachers’ unions. None even by Pfizer, who played this out as tantamount to a polio vaccine and then said — more than a year down the road: “OOps! It doesn’t really prevent transmission…” Elon will prevail, however, he is1,000 LESS politically motivated, and at least 1,000 smarter than the traditional players involved to date.

    • It’s alarming that Musk is considered a free speech absolutist now. He’s far from anything of the sort, and his views on free speech, I suspect, are substantially the same as the average person’s were maybe thirty years ago. But in today’s environment, he seems like an extremist, but that’s only because his opponents have succeeded somehow in dragging the Overton window so far toward censorship.

      I wish Frank Zappa were still with us and had control of Twitter… Then you’d see some truly free speech.

  2. “the company’s decision to reverse course is an abdication of its duty to its users”

    “It is 100% the responsibility of the platform to protect its users from harmful content,” Russo said. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”

    No! No, it isn’t. How do you come to this conclusion that it has ANY duty to its users, much less 100% responsibility.

    Back in my college days, I amusingly thought that, in addition to a word-check and a grammar-check, word processors should come with a thought-checker that could tell you if claims made in your papers were correct or not.

    “This comment on Plato’s Cave Allegory is incorrect.”

    Mind you, I was joking to myself. These morons actually want Twitter (not want; believe it is duty bound) to be some sort of arbiter of truth.

    Morons!

    -Jut

    • When people are not taught to critically analyze information and data on their own – to do some form of their own research to determine truth – but rather are taught to blindly accept what they are told, THEN they need protection from misinformation, because they’ll just blindly accept it.

      I believe this is why so many on the Left are so upset with Elon Musk. The Left wants to control the flow of information in every venue – academics, business, sports, churches, the internet – so no one has to, or is allowed to, critically think about anything…just accept what they are told. They do NOT want people to think for themselves and potentially come up with a counter opinion. This is why so many younger people are so scared about man-made climate change. They’ve been force-fed bad information for years while being trained to accept whatever they’re told…and any contrary evidence or actual science is a lie.

      Elon Musk’s decisions at Twitter are the equivalent of kicking the Left in the balls.

      I’m sure this has already been stated a dozen different ways by a dozen of you here on EA.

      • Joel Mundt:

        “When people are not taught to critically analyze information and data on their own – to do some form of their own research to determine truth – but rather are taught to blindly accept what they are told, THEN they need protection from misinformation, because they’ll just blindly accept it.”

        It’s even a little bit worse than that, as “doing your own research” is ridiculed because your research will never be equivalent to the experts.

        So, I don’t even bother with the research. I just say, “I don’t trust them,” or “I am not persuaded.” No one is entitled to my agreement or trust. If I don’t understand something, fine. I don’t understand it. It does not follow from there that I must put my faith in someone who claims to understand it. I get to make that decision.

        That REALLY pisses them off.

        -Jut

        • There was a study out of MIT where they looked at how climate science is consumed by skeptics… They were looking for anti intellectualism, but instead found high levels of scientific literacy.

          • Well, I am not sure where I fall on the scientific literacy scale, but would hardly say I am anti-intellectual.

            But, things like Don’t Look Up really irk me. It presumes that the predictability of Newtonian physics carries over to Chaos theory (weather and climate). Such comparisons: 1) attempt to insult my intelligence; 2) insults their intelligence; or 3) reveals their mendacity.

            But, if your catch-phrase is as simplistic as “Science is Real,” you probably have not thought much about how different fields use scientific methods, with varying degrees of success.

            -Jut

  3. Jack, I’m sorry, but WordPress ate my follow-up to Jut’s comments. I tried posting twice, so if either of them are in spam and you can rescue one, that would be wonderful.

    Thanks in advance!!

  4. “Twitter is no longer enforcing its policy against misinformation about COVID-19.”

    The ABC article made no attempt to define misinformation or even give examples of the type of information Twitter’s policies denied us from seeing, nor did it describe what Twitter’s policy was to combat this misinformation.

    I’m not certain that is even feasible to do this for the layman to completely understand, but I’d still like to see it. I believe there is a distinct possibility that after I master tying my own shoes and conquer how to walk and chew gum at the same time, I just might be able to glean some understanding of the underlying principles involved.

    Come on Musk. Put it out there. What exactly was Twitter’s COVID-19 misinformation policy? Let the unwashed masses take a crack at it. Our guns and our Bibles, and whatever the third thing was (I really don’t care) are at the ready. Put your mouth where your money is.

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