Twitter People Are Mean to Celebrities


Stop the presses!

Leslie Jones: ‘hate speech and freedom of speech are two different things’

“What scared me was the injustice of a gang of people jumping against you for a sick cause,” she told (Seth) Meyers. “If I hadn’t said anything [about the abuse], nobody would have known about this. All those people would still have an account.”

Twitter is a private company, and they apparently can stop doing business with folks whose opinions offend them.  It’s not like they’re a bakery, you know.

Leslie Jones appears in the Ghostbusters all-female reboot.  Because we are all completely out of ideas.  If successful, an all female Stripes, Caddyshack and The Deer Hunter will follow.

Jones has been getting mean Tweets.  Which is to say, somebody on the internet has been mean to her.  I condemn this, while at the same time suggesting that ignoring mean people is still an option in a free society.  If there are threats of violence, call the cops and press charges.

Jones noted that she worked with Dorsey and Twitter to get some accounts taken down. “I met the CEO of Twitter,” she told him. “They helped me out, we got a whole bunch of account taken off of Twitter.”

I’m sure it’s no fun seeing ugly things written about oneself — especially on an ordinarily thoughtful platform like Twitter.  Apparently we are now supposed to applaud her ability to meet with the CEO of Twitter, and help him decide whose speech is appropriate.  You go girl!

One of those accounts included that of notorious troll Milo Yiannopoulos, who was barred permanently from the service.

[Newspeak translation.  Notorious troll = conservative whose sarcasm is not always understood. — Dave]

However, in order to get their house in order, Twitter has to make some bigger changes in how it deals with abuse. As the company continues to lose active users, Twitter will need to demonstrate that it’ll take more than a beleaguered user calling for help to make sure that users are safe. Jones ended her interview with a clear pointer for Twitter and users alike: “Hate speech and freedom of speech are two different things.”

Yes, they are different things.  Hate speech is going to be around a while.  Free speech?  Not so much.

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4 thoughts on “Twitter People Are Mean to Celebrities

  1. Hoosier Native

    The funny thing is, if you go back and read the tweets between her and Milo, what she said to him was worse. She also has a history of racist tweets towards other people. But she is a lefty, so you know the final result. Tweets from ISIS trying to get people to join them and tweets encouraging people to go out an kill cops, yeah, no action taken.

    Disclosure: I do not have a Twitter account, nor will I since they believe in only free speech for lefties and their pet causes.

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  2. gmhowell

    My brother and I were talking about this last night. He thinks that the alt right is the future of the right in the US. Maybe.

    While trollish in approach, I appreciate that Milo is bringing certain topics to the fore. Sadly, the Jones affair demonstrates what happens when uncomfortable questions are asked: shut down and silence the oppressor.

    Unfortunately, Facebook and Twitter seem to have dug in in a way that MySpace and other sites never achieved, making it hard to find a new forum. Interesting that during their growth phases, neither had the draconian speech policies they currently have. Curious that one…

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