With all of the complaints I keep seeing from people on social media, about. social media, I wonder how in the world any of these platforms can still exist? It isn’t that every other. tweet I see is a complaint, but it seems to be a fairly common refrai9n I see when perusing my timeline during the day.
Accounts are suspended for a short time because of some violation, sometimes. the user doesn’t even know what the offense actually was. Other users get a permanent ban because of something deemed to be so egregious that this person must be silenced, forever. I have a friend ( a liberal) that has had 2 accounts permanently suspended from Twitter in the past 2 years. She’s not what I would describe as a nasty individual. But hey, say the wrong thing at the right time and you’re gone.
And although I see a lot of this from conservatives, they’re not the only ones being suspended or banned. Yes, plenty of liberals are experiencing the same thing on a daily basis. Any and all of these platforms may do whatever they want, even change the rules on the fly and it seems to some that they do exactly that.
there’s even been politicians calling for some sort of regulation of these companies to ensure that they are not being viased against any particular group, and even calls for breaking up some of the larger ones, like Facebook and Google because they’ve become too powerful. Bad ideas all the way around. Yes, just what we need: the government to become involved because as we all know, government is the answer to all of our problems.
I can’t vouch for the accruacy of what I’ve been reading, but there have been a few stories in the last few months of how people are becoming fed up and leaving social media. So, insteaf of having the government get involved, it may be that the problem will eventually fix itself when these companies see users leaving and their revenues drop. That’s the way it should work.
We, the users have the power to change the way social media operates. If more people start staying away, deleting accounts, maybe they’ll wake up to the fact they’ve been doing it wrong. Maybe not, but if not, another platform will come along that will actually listen to it’s users.