Censorship, blocks, arbitrary bans – Twitter is becoming the China of social media • TechCrunch
Wow, that was fast.
When Elon Musk bought Twitter and took it private in October, I figured we’d have a while before things took a turn for the worse. Then, after laying off about half of the company’s employees, that estimate dropped a bit.
Now, after last night’s Spaces brouhaha, in which Musk confronted reporters he banned for retweeting links on the ElonJet tracker, then abruptly killed the feature altogether, that timeline has grown significantly.
To be clear: Twitter is not going to die tomorrow or next week or even next year. But given how the last few days have been on the platform, I’m not sure how long Twitter will remain a viable platform. This is becoming the China of social media, full of censorship, arbitrary bans, and user groups/accounts that rush to Musk’s defense whenever they feel his narrative is being undermined.