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At the end of my rope with Twitter.

There's so much hate speech. The problem is some people and companies are only on twitter, so I'm concerned about cutting off an important avenue of contacting people and or companies.

I've considered deleting my history.

I'd love to hear others views.

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Twitter, Hate-Speech 

This is my last straw with Twitter.

If they can't see that this should be removed, I don't want to be on their platform.

CW: Very evil antisemitic cartoon.

twitter.com/Bi27195006/status/

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Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen I deleted my 11 year old Twitter account earlier this year (partly based on life changes because of your podcast on Open Culture!) and it has paid dividends to my life. I do manually monitor several accounts, but never venture into the comments. EVER. Trying to battle hate speech on social media doesn't seem to be effective, so I decided to just stay away from platforms that I can't control and use my energy elsewhere.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@cylb The challenge for me is that sometimes I need to contact someone from a company and they only have a Twitter account, or I want to get a guest (I have three lined up in addition to the episode I hope to release this weekend) and I only find them on Twitter.

OTOH I see so much hate speed that Twitter takes on action whatsoever on. On the Fediverse I can't stop another instance but I can isolate it from me, and I have, but on Twitter I'm far more stuck.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen Yeah, I get that. It is especially hard when your livelihood is dependent on Twitter. Leaving Facebook, Twitter, and Google was really hard initially since I cut myself off from so many useful resources. I eventually got over not knowing what my friend from second grade had for supper and I got used to constantly getting lost whenever I left the house. The -sad- , liberating thing was the realization that nobody really noticed that I left.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen @cylb On twitter I follow a few theatre companies and venues, a couple musicians, and a couple interesting people. Nobody follows me. It's like 25 follows and no followers. I don't really check it for updates, and every now and then use it to contact someone. And my account is private.

No hate speech for me. Unless I check out hashtags that is.... But I only check twitter out like once in a week so I rarely encounter that stuff.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen You could have an account on Twitter that doesn't follow anyone, just to be able to reach people via the platform, maybe?

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@liw Yeah I was thinking about simply deleting old Tweets other than about very specific topics.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen Why would it be a big deal to cut yourself off from a few people and a few companies who only use Twitter? If I were you, I'd have left already.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@Lofenyy It's the best tool I've found to book guests for Libre Lounge, and to contact companies when they don't respond to email.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen Yeah, that does make things tougher. Why isn't booking guests with email easier?

I assume that if booking guests for LL was easier without Twitter, you'd have no problem leaving?

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@Lofenyy A lot of people don't have their email addresses in places I can find it, but they want to be found on social media. That's the case with a guest I'm trying to book right now, for example. I will initially reach out on Twitter, then I can move to email.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen Shoot, that's a pickle.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@Lofenyy That and complaining to eg Verizon, Air Canada and other companies gets me immediate responses on social media. It doesn't always pan out, but I've seen more than one company change their tune from a Twitter post.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen deleted my account several years ago and FWIW I have not regretted it or looked back. I do see some recent signs that they may be finally taking the right steps but they should have taken decisive action years ago.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@fraggle @emacsen I'm always surprised when I find people who haven't quit yet. it is so obviously irredeemable and has been for years.

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@fraggle @emacsen I mean, people keeping it for work, that I understand. I haven't quite deleted my account yet because of the whole selling keyboards thing. but to see it as anything other than "the site that's good for brands"?

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@technomancy @emacsen yeah, I can definitely appreciate that there are people whose income depends on them being publicly visible and for whom it's a much more bold move to delete their accounts. having a business selling things is a good example of that

Twitter, Hate-Speech 

@emacsen I do believe individual decisions matter. But with social apps, individual options are constrained because of aggregate decisions. I think using your podcast platform to influence the aggregate decisions will have greater overall impact. So I think priority is to keep producing great episodes with great guests - even if it means using the Twitter. But maybe in the future you won't be forced to make this choice!

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