Well, it’s been a minute. I’ll get to that eventually but wanted to check in because my days at Twitter may be numbered. I learned that several journalists—including Aaron Rupar who has a Substack called Public Notice, Drew Harwell from The Washington Post, and Matt Binder from Mashable have been suspended from Twitter for . . . reporting on Twitter. (So much for free speech.) Keith Obermann was suspended from Twitter for defending Aaron Rupar.
This is a bridge too far. I’ve been biding my time, weighing my options and, although I still have no intention of leaving Twitter, that decision may not longer be up to me. Or not—we’ll have to see. But it’s no longer possible to avoid going directly at the source of the problem (about which more later).
I don’t know if this tweet is going to get me suspended but it might:
My absence from The Good in Us has nothing to do with what’s been going on at Twitter—at least not directly—but I’ll get to that, too. There are 691 days until the 2024 presidential elections and we have a lot of work to do.
Thanks to all of you for hanging in.
You are a tonic for democracy!!!!
I quit Twitter and officially deactivated my account when Musk abjectly threatened Anthony Fauci who was the only sane voice in the room when this pandemic which is now getting really bad again three years later - began. I will not be a part of a platform that won’t pay bills, won’t pay severance, allows racism, Antisemitic remarks and conspiracy theories to flourish and allowed DT back on (regardless if the £~££~€| comes back). I’m not running in fear. I’m leaving because the platform now makes me nauseous and embarrassed and humiliated to be associated with in any way. I hope it ceases to be. I hope others will join me. Twitter is not ‘the’ public square. There should be many squares and a better platform that actually encourages thoughtful, edited conversations will emerge. Several already have.