The Atlantic Argues World Leaders Should Not Have Unfiltered Voice

Posted by Kyle 7:28 AM (CST)

Thursday January 11, 2018

I do not think this next statement will come as a surprise to anyone. World leaders are using Twitter as a platform to directly communicate with the world. Assuredly some politicians more than others. Last week Twitter directly addressed world leaders and its policies toward those. The media and other reporting organizations no longer control the voice of our world leaders, and is seems that some of the folks in the media do not like this at all. Conor Friedersdorf, at The Atlantic, is coming out arguing that Twitter does not understand its responsibility to the world and goes further to suggest that Twitter should not allow world leaders to have a voice at all and I guess only allow the media to shape the messages that we get from our leaders. And just when it seems that Twitter was taking the high ground on the politics of its business, it all went sideways. It also might come as a shock to you that "social media is a veritable tinder box for arguments."

I have found that the best way to deal with Twitter on a personal level is to not use it.

Thus, I urged, Twitter ought to just ban world leaders. There are so few of them. And the risk that one will abuse the platform in a way that irrevocably harms millions isn’t worth the tiny benefit humanity gains from following their tweets, given the myriad ways all world leaders can convey information to the public.