When I heard Trump was blocking his critics, I didn’t get why this offended them, either.
I don’t suppose there’s a right-wing version of this yet, but don’t be surprised if one arises — as a fork of the repo.
What am I missing?
@wrenpile @xahlee If I block you because I don't want to read your stuff, that's my business. But if I tell 10000 people "Don't read this guy because he's an evil harasser" (today it would be "Nazi" but these systems are a couple years old now), and people take my word for it without checking, is that harmless?
That said, I don’t think I have the right to order people who *are* being attacked not to use the s/w.
If I believe in free thought, I can deplore people burrowing into intellectual holes, but I can’t in good conscience stop them.
@wrenpile @xahlee I think the only people who've been helped by Twitter blockbots are people pushing a political agenda I abhor, helped to push that agenda. But I also think that's the wrong way to analyse it. Some people have been helped to avoid crime by racist housing covenants because no doubt at least one person excluded by such was a genuine criminal; that doesn't mean they were ever justifiable.