I am with Jack on this one. You don't just change rules because everyone else is doing it. What Kara and a lot of other groupthinkers don't realize is how prejudgemental they actually are.
Slurring her political opponents as 'creepy'...does she think people are buying that dirty rhetorical trick in 2018?
I completely agree with her that Twitter, or really any online community, would be better with subjective human driven moderation guided by values but I see two main issues: moderators have to be angels with nigh perfect knowledge and human moderation doesn't scale.
Communities above a certain size are going to struggle with this until the end of time. The only change Twitter can reasonably make isn't to their moderation strategy but platform changes to make Twitter feel smaller. Some examples:
- Only allowing people who you follow to reply to your Tweets and giving posters the ability to disable replies for individual messages or account-wide to stop worldwide dogpiling.
- Changing the default tweet to be protected and having more fine grained controls to limit their audience.
- Making popularity metrics on tweets visible only to the author.
- Hiding retweets be default.
I am not sure what good banning people from the service does. I don't think it stops people from thinking outrageous and hurtful things. It just moves them elsewhere and makes them less likely to encounter people who could help them be more civil and less sensational.
But so can traditional media, as there used to be a newspaper for every opinion out there...
Twitter was basically about to allow Nuclear war to start on its platform. Alex Jones is kinda a foot note comparatively.
Anyways, unfortunately I think a president that gas lights everyone via twitter is what has saved twitter...