Today, even a seemingly harmless tweet about the issue of journalist harassment–a well documented problem in the industry–can now lead to your blue check mark being outright removed by Twitter..
Of course, this rule only seems to be enforced in ‘special circumstances’, which unfortunately in this case appears to be when your tweet conflicts with whatever establishment narrative is popular at the time.
4 years ago, if you had tried telling somebody that journalists would become the product of these sort of ‘Twitter punishments’ for something as simple as citing easily verifiable facts, they probably would have called you a conspiracy theorist….
Punishing a reporter for sharing a message about journalist harassment? Doesn’t China do that?…
Some might argue that the Chinese are much more draconian with the way that they enforce their censorship laws, and that Mr.Takala would be lucky to be getting off with something as harmless as losing a ‘blue check mark’ in that country.
But in the beginning, isn’t a tyrant always nice… at first ? They have to suck you in somehow, right?
As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so who knows, maybe one day this brave journalist could be facing jail time for daring to attempt to inform people about facts that are technically available to anybody who wishes to look..
“Surveillance, data storage capabilities and digital attack technologies are becoming more sophisticated, less expensive and more pervasive, making journalists increasingly vulnerable to digital attacks from both state and Non-state actors.
With the widespread availability of surveillance software and hardware, in a number of states across multiple regions, broadly defined legislative acts have been seen by some as working to silence digital dissent, prosecute whistle blowers and expand arbitrary surveillance across multiple digital platforms.” Read more