Twitter has been under fire lately for manipulating and banning accounts that don't fall in line with its head honcho's political beliefs, while allowing genuinely bad people and behavior to go unnoticed, but I hadn't personally experienced it...until the other night, when this popped up on my timeline:
Yes, according to Twitter's algorithms, this is who they think I'd be interested in connecting with. Yes, that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And as someone else on Twitter pointed out, not only is Mahmoud welcomed on Twitter while a number of prominent conservatives are subject to various Twitter punishments and restrictions, Ahmadinejad is "verified". He has the coveted blue check Twitter bestows on the important people of the world.
I have no idea where this came from, but I love Twitter and would hate to see it crash and burn. I'm sure My Space once felt invincible and we all know what happened to them. But when you not only give the appearance of condoning people known for human rights violations while penalizing law-abiding citizens, you're pretty much writing your own epitaph. I hope things improve, but it's not up to me.
And just for the record, no, I did not take Twitter's advice and follow this creep. Thanks but no thanks, Twitter.