I am going to be increasingly *ignoring* various issues, campaigns & provocations on Twitter.
If you are determined to screenshot the fact that I blocked you, I’m now much more happy to accommodate. We mere mortals with flaws have a right to be protected from our betters here.
I tried civility. I tried engagement. But this platform is engineered to allow all sorts of problems. One of them is anonymous networks of accounts/bots engaging named humans. Another is privacy based attacks. A third is bigoted intimidation. The controls are just insufficient.
Further, Terms Of Service have concentrated *discretionary* enforcement w/ “Trust & Safety”.
So, I don’t have a solution. I doubt Twitter does. Until they do, I will be using what exists: Block, Mute and Non-engagement as I, in my sole discretion, see fit until there is change.
I tried to engage before & do very little of this (e.g. Blocking or ignoring). But the danger to named individuals from the Platform, the bots, governments, law and mobs has nothing to do with free speech. It has to do with a tilted playing field encouraging personal destruction.
So ends an era of general restraint. I failed to find a new way. So be it. If the platform changes meaningfully, I’ll try again.