Two stories here: The ongoing QAnon madness that Joe Biden is really not running the country right now, coupled with the ongoing disintegration of the Twitter platform, under Elon Musk’s “guidance.” The following is from what is now a “verified” account, meaning somebody who is willing to shell out nine bucks a month and that’s their only credibility.
Isn’t this site great? 6.2 million views and counting on this video from a “verified” account. pic.twitter.com/UkSh0qUw8P
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 3, 2023
The answers are “maybe” and “no.” There’s no reality here. Anymore than it was real last week when it was reported on Twitter that actor Jeremy Renner was dead. Allegedly Renner had slipped on an escalator in San Francisco and died in a local hospital. Sheer fantasy. But Twitter moderation isn’t getting where it needs to get to handle things, probably because it’s stretched so thin. And the mods may not go near the people with the checkmarks. I’m not sure about that, I’m trying to verify, and trying to verify anything about Twitter in the state of flux it’s in is not easy.
Our civil discourse falling further into disarray like this is not a good sign, it goes without saying.
This entire incident with Twitter does beg an interesting question, though: Should social media be regulated by the government? This is not the first time it’s been asked. Facebook became such a behemoth years ago, and also a cesspool of disinformation, that the question arose.
Maybe we need a state social media, or maybe it’s even simpler than that: maybe some enterprising broadcaster could put together a social media platform and the laws that govern broadcasting could govern social media. Just spinning ideas off the top of my head. Only one thing is certain and that’s that social media needs to be reliable and moderated for reliability. When something basic like life or death, particularly of our sitting president, is being misreported, we’ve hit the bottom of the barrel and gone way beyond.