Thursday, July 05, 2018

Employee Uprisings Sweep Many Tech Companies. Not Twitter. -- NYT

From a timely Twitter reality check; tangentially, see Trump Twitter Risk Adds a New Wild Card to Friday’s Jobs Report (Bloomberg)
"The social network favored by President Trump has a complicated political ethos. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and chief executive, is an outspoken supporter of liberal causes, and the company has reveled in its centrality to viral progressive movements — the Arab Spring, #BlackLivesMatter, #metoo and #MarchForOurLives were all animated by forces on Twitter.

But Twitter’s real-world effect has hardly been a liberal panacea. Around the world and particularly in the United States, Twitter is used every day to infuse misogyny, racial and ethnic animus and conspiratorial thinking into mainstream news coverage.

And Twitter is obviously the favored tool of President Trump, who has recently picked up the pace of his tweeting. The president often uses the service to seed threats and falsehoods into the world — falsehoods that are then picked up and amplified by supporters and critics alike, ricocheting to deafening effect across the news."
Employee Uprisings Sweep Many Tech Companies. Not Twitter. -- NYT

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