In a strange abuse of power today, the ever-devolving social network, Twitter, banned political consultant and unofficial Trump adviser Roger Stone. Stone is no stranger to using his platform for controversy, and after a heated exchange between several CNN correspondents over the Russian probing situation that they made up yet still won’t let go, Stone got a 3 hour and 40 minute ban. While this isn’t the same as the permanent ban that Milo Yiannopoulos got over a year ago, it’s still among the worrying thread of the social media site targeting very specific people. When contacted over why they banned Stone, the company has continued their trend of not giving information why, and merely pointing at terms and guidelines, which basically excludes harassment through the platform. For Stone, who has been able to use even worse language on his account without any reprimand, to suddenly lose his account for such a trivial fight is shady at best. Luckily Roger Stone has kept his humor over the matter, and the online community has already made memes awaiting his return.
If you’ve been keeping up with this for a while now, you know that Twitter isn’t the only company that’s looking at a mass migration because of their politics. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Patreon are all online platforms that up until 2016, prided themselves on free speech, open platforms, expressing ideas, and being edgy. Ironically, they had this mentality purely because they were young and nubile, uncorrupted by the reality of actually running a business. After years of recognizing how horrible human behavior can be, they’ve been slowly taking away the ability for people to express themselves, and soon there will be nothing but a sterile void online. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, if anybody wants to make a genuine competitor to any of these platforms, now’s the time to do it. Avoid the neckbeard, ugly interface that sites like 4chan and Reddit have stuck with for some reason and create something that actually looks good and works well. Make sure it’s clear that all forms of speech are welcome on the platform and anything goes, but encourage a sense of civility and respect as well, without the constant looming ban hammer of Twitter or Facebook. Adopt these, and you’ve got a million dollar idea, it can’t be that hard right? Right?