WaPo’s Taylor Lorenz Tries to ‘Parler’ Twitter After Elon Musk’s ‘Amnesty’ Vow for Suspended Accounts
“The mass return of users who had been banned for such offenses as violent threats, harassment and misinformation will have a significant impact on the platform, experts said”
That Washington Post “technology columnist/reporter” Taylor Lorenz has sociopathic tendencies has been well-documented, with her doxxing the accounts of Internet users she doesn’t like and then her complaining when her “rules” are turned around on her.
So it should be no surprise to anyone that the latest target on Lorenz’s social media hit list is none other than Twitter owner Elon Musk, who greatly triggered Lorenz and her cohorts in the MSM and on the left earlier this week with his vow to grant “amnesty” to Twitter accounts that in the past were suspended.
As a result, Lorenz wrote a lengthy piece Thursday in which so-called “experts” (aka her friends in the left-wing media and academia) said in so many words that something must be done about it before it’s too late.
Among the sources quoted were far-left Media Matters for America (MMFA) president Angelo Carusone and Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic instructor Alejandra Caraballo – a militant transgender activist who in concert with MMFA got Twitter to ban the use of the word “groomers” back in July “when it is used as a descriptor, in context of discussion of gender identity.”
After posting a Twitter poll asking, “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?” in which 72.4 percent of the respondents voted yes, Musk declared, “Amnesty begins next week.”
The mass return of users who had been banned for such offenses as violent threats, harassment and misinformation will have a significant impact on the platform, experts said. And many questioned how such a resurrection would be handled, given that it’s unclear what Musk means by “egregious spam” and the difficulty of separating out users who have “broken the law,” which vary widely by jurisdiction and country.
“Apple and Google need to seriously start exploring booting Twitter off the app store,” said Alejandra Caraballo, clinical instructor at Harvard Law’s cyberlaw clinic. “What Musk is doing is existentially dangerous for various marginalized communities. It’s like opening the gates of hell in terms of the havoc it will cause. People who engaged in direct targeted harassment can come back and engage in doxing, targeted harassment, vicious bullying, calls for violence, celebration of violence. I can’t even begin to state how dangerous this will be.”
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon pointed out that Caraballo’s claim is a lot like the pot calling the kettle black:
The same person who used this platform to call for violence against sitting Supreme Court justices is now quoted in the Washington Post urging Apple and Google to boot Twitter from the app store because what @elonmusk is doing is dangerous.
You can't make this stuff up. pic.twitter.com/qT3Nn2Rvlp
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) November 25, 2022
And while quoting Carusone, Lorenz conveniently left out the rabidly partisan, left-wing political nature of MMFA because of course she did:
Angelo Carusone, chairman and president of Media Matters, a nonprofit advocacy group and media watchdog, said that Musk’s decision could mean bringing back networks of individuals that include the American Nazi Party and “a whole bunch of 8chan, 4chan, conspiracy theorists who engage in harassment and abuse.” 8chan and 4chan are two message boards known for their racist and antisemitic posts.
Reversing the suspensions would mean “turning Twitter into a one-stop shop for operationalizing doxing and harassment, and an engine of radicalization,” Carusone said. “It’s a red pill Pez dispenser.”
As independent journalist Glenn Greenwald observed, there is but one goal in mind here for Lorenz and her ilk: To “Parler” Twitter out of existence because Musk has committed the crime of WrongThink—or, as the Associated Press not-so-subtly put it in their own story on Musk’s decision on suspended accounts, because “Musk … has been getting increasingly chummy on Twitter with right-wing figures”:
When Parler became the single most-downloaded app in the US after Trump’s banning, Dems like @AOC demanded Google and Apple remove it from their stores. They wisely obeyed and Parler was destroyed.
They’re trying to repeat this abuse of monopoly power to do this to Twitter. https://t.co/OafdVksJsg
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 25, 2022
Both Lorenz and WaPo took heat from other corners of Twitter as well for publishing what was a blatantly biased hit piece that they tried to legitimize by using “experts” who all conveniently agreed with them, with others pointing out that Lorenz and WaPo were reaffirming who they really were in the process:
genuinely don’t understand how you publish a headline like this and expect to be seen as unbiased. my god, the washington post is a complete dumpster fire. pic.twitter.com/gJpKlCeBKb
— Mike Solana (@micsolana) November 25, 2022
.@elonmusk/@Twitter is unbanning conservatives and cracking down on pedophilia. Meanwhile, mainstream media and The Experts™ are being further revealed for the politically compromised, leftist activists that they are. I'd say things are looking up. https://t.co/0lY9JdfDqW
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) November 25, 2022
Lorenz’s article quotes her unwell Harvard friend, a partisan goon at Media Matters, a UCLA professor whose pro-censorship insanity is off-the-charts, but not one person who thinks censorship is dangerous.
Including the other side is “journalism,” which is not what Taylor does. pic.twitter.com/yCOszSPSMy
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 25, 2022
And someone Lorenz tweets with on a consistent basis. What she does is not journalism. Lorenz is basically just quoting her friend and passing it off as some social expert via her employer, the Washington Post. https://t.co/aceZ1S041b
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 25, 2022
Musk, of course, is aware of what his agenda-driven critics are up to, and made the below vow in response to a suggestion he make his own smartphone:
I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022
Musk 1, Lorenz/WaPo 0.
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