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And the bias shows up

Long Observer piece about Twitter:

In an impossible-to-follow tweet thread that unfolded over several hours, Taibbi published the names and emails of rank and file ex-employees involved in communications with government officials, insinuating that Twitter had suppressed the New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

It wasn’t impossible to follow and it didn’t insinuate. It stated, flat out, that Twitter had suppressed the story. As, indeed, it had.

Employees rushed to warn a Twitter operations analyst whom Taibbi had doxed to privatise her social media accounts, knowing she was about to face a deluge of abuse.

Amazeballs. Worrying about someone getting slagged off on social media is more important than swinging elections by suppressing truths. There might be good reason why 75% of these people are now gone, no?

Twitter continues to haemorrhage money,

That’s not obviously true. A 75% headcount fall and a – by some estimations – 40% revenue fall could mean absolutely anything. Even a return to profitability.

But Musk appears unaware of what he’s actually broken: the company culture

But that’s not a mistake. That’s the aim, the intention. That’s the whole goal from the start.

They’re really not getting it, are they?

Now, whether Musk is going to win in the end I don’t know. But if he does then I, for one, will laugh like a drain. Because there’s so much invested in this by the journalistic classes – Musk broken Twitter, going to lose it all, it’ll go bust etc. And if and when it comes roaring back with a decent profit then we’ll have our evidence, won’t we? Fire all the woke, the lazy, the progressive, and make an organisation work. Hmm, good plan for the rest of society, no?

13 thoughts on “And the bias shows up”

  1. Oh, they get it all right… they just hope to convince a few diehard readers that they are on the side of the righteous.

    More popcorn, anyone?

  2. What’s so wonderfully amusing is that these people desperately want Twatter to fail. But in doing so, they can’t stay away from Twatter. Thus ensuring its success.
    It’d be very simple, if you want Twatter to fail, don’t use it. If it’s as important as you say it is, it will fail. But that would mean THEIR opinions wouldn’t be heard. And to them, that they are THEIR opinions, is more important than the opinions themselves. But then that’s always been the raison d’etre behind Twatter, hasn’t it?

  3. But Musk appears unaware of what he’s actually broken: the company culture

    But this is journalism now: outrageous allegations made without facts to support them. Fantasies, legends and blatant lies being trumpeted 24/7, from every orifice.

    For Musk, see also:
    George Floyd
    Greta Thunberg

    They’re lying, we know they’re lying, and they know we know they’re lying. But they won’t stop lying.

  4. Amazingly enough the author appears to criticise a lack of free speech in Twitter as “ Dissenting opinion or criticism has led to swift dismissals.”. It’s a private company. It can do what it wants in respect of speech control. If you don’t like it set up your own company.

    If the left didn’t have double standards they would have no standards at all.

  5. what he’s actually broken: the company culture

    TBF Steve he does seem to be breaking the company culture, necessarily and deliberately. Long may it continue. And long may their tears flow.

  6. @The Meissen Bison

    That’s not parody, that’s a documentary. These people really don’t do any work. The loaf about and ‘take meetings’ whatever that is.

  7. thousands have been sacked and the company has nosedived

    See also Microsoft, Intel, Amazon and Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook when it was formerly very profitable). Cisco has started another wave of layoffs too, but Chuck Robbins isn’t a household name so nobody cares.

    The entire industry is in trouble. Story from the New York Post last week:

    Google fires 31 massage therapists amid mass layoffs that cut 12,000 jobs

    What if data – the “new oil” of the 21st century – just isn’t as valuable as we assumed?

    We’ve been used to Daddy Google and co offering us lots of “free” online services that cost real money to provide, but they still haven’t figured out how to make YouTube profitable despite it being crammed with ads, so for how much longer can we expect YouTube to be “free”?

    Maybe this should tell us something about the Chip War. We (i.e. the Americans driving with us in a child seat in back) are currently trying to bifurcate global semiconductor supply chains in order to exclude China from competing with the likes of Intel and whoever owns ARM this year. The assumption being that high end computer chips are very strategically valuable*.

    But what if they’re not?

    What if we’ve got this wrong, and the “new oil” of the 21st century is still the same old oil which we’ve shunned as being insufficiently modern and hip?

    *40 years ago the BBC was fretting about the Soviet Union being able to reverse engineer “high tech” chips such as the Zilog Z80 CPU found in ZX Spectrums (Spectra?), and the nefarious non-Chuckie Egg purposes to which they might put this inexpensive 8-bit mass market processor. More recently, Saddam Hussein was supposed to be building an evil supercomputer made of PlayStation 2’s.

  8. MC – Yarp. The lie is that Musky breaking Twitter’s culture was a Bad Thing and that Brexit Musk caused the problems Twitter faces in trying to achieve profit.

  9. They’ve been predicting the destruction of Twitter since he took over. A short while ago everyone was saying their goodbyes because they were certain Twitter was going down in a day or two because so many people were let go.

    Its still up, its even getting feature updates.

    None of these people have any idea how to run a company or how much bloat is in a large tech firm. They can’t – *they’re the bloat in their own*.

  10. Big Data had reached maturity in many of its forms. A lot of these companies simply don’t need so many people, because there is only so many new things for them to develop and as we have kearnt from Twatter, many of them are hangers on.

    Cisco, from experience, has/had too !any fingers in too many pies and needs to focus more on its core businessed ( a legacy from its purchasing blitz from the mid 1990s- 2010). It also has a huge layer of management and people who Have One Thing to Do.

  11. Let’s hope a load of UX / UI buffoons also got chopped. Why can’t they just leave the bloody user interfaces alone? Almost every update moves things around unnecessarily.

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