from the comedy-is-now-legal! dept
This week, we kick off the most insightful side of points with a comment from That A person Dude on my article about how I nevertheless hope Twitter succeeds, in which the remark highlights the most significant single factor that may possibly get Elon to prevent from burning the web page to the ground: finding past his own moi.
Stage just one: Understand and admit when YOU are the issue
From the sounds of it when it may possibly not be impossible to end the website from burning down the first step of that will call for Musk to admit that he screwed up and that all the derision aimed at moderators and these that have that as their occupation was grossly unfair due to the fact it turns out those people folks actually did/do know what they were chatting about.
If he can established apart his ego and confess that he was lifeless mistaken about moderation then it might be achievable to salvage the site, nevertheless it’s heading to be a seriously uphill fight convincing the persons who have been canned or remaining to occur again and it’s likely to get a lot of Really Good People today indignant with him.
If he can’t set apart his ego… crack out the hotdogs and smores kits because the area is very likely to go down in flames and there is not substantially else any person else can do at that level but take pleasure in the spectacle.
Next position was an anonymous comment on that same write-up, in reaction to a comment from our resident Trump supporter, who tried to mock the stories of chaos at Twitter by noting that he remembered “similar ‘chaos and dysfunction’ adjectives staying used 4 a long time in the past to explain the White House.” And the comment that gained second area observed there may well have been a really superior cause for that:
And rightfully so.
The Trump White Residence was utter chaos for his entire stint in business office.
And even out of business it is chaos… To wit: his handling of delicate files, files that belong to NARA, and make sure you reveal why he would have categorised folders missing the files that are truly categorised.
(and if you say that he thoughts-declassified them, that just proves that you have eaten the kool-support, are putting on the tin-foil hat and in all probability have Q tattooed on your ass.
Oh and you are addicted to the Trump taint odor.)
Not amazingly, the commenter he was responding to ran away and did not come back to answer.
For editor’s preference, I have yet another anonymous remark on that same article talking about “good Elon” vs. “bad Elon.”
Elon is remaining “Good Elon” and “Bad Elon” (a traditional abuser pattern) and it is heading to bankrupt twitter in 2023. The advertisers who paid out the charges are not coming again except Elon fires himself. Elon has no idea how isolated he is in his sycophant bubble he proceeded to block the most essential spokesman for his advertisers who spend twitter’s payments.
What was completely wrong with pre-Elon twitter was insufficiently prosperous suggestions from the crowd for productive moderation. That is, keep in mind the mDAU audits the place they went as a result of samples with individuals to figure out if customers were appropriately categorised as monetizable, and have been running about 95% precise?
You could classify users feedback for accuracy the exact way…so you’d commonly have not only reviews, but also name scores for those performing the reporting. And you could surely have extra nuance (checkboxes) in the user reporting checkboxes. They probably could have carried out that previous year…if not for Elon.
And our 2nd editor’s preference comment on the insightful aspect is also about Musk and Twitter, but on a different tale, wherever Musk suddenly determined that parody was no lengthier authorized on Twitter. This comment, by Christenson, was responding to an nameless comment suggesting that Twitter’s former administration experienced sabotaged the corporation for Musk for the reason that they hadn’t secured 2023 promotion commitments earlier this yr at an advert conference wherever all those commitments are typically produced. Christenson details out which is not precise:
Gotta disagree with you there — Twitter’s 2021 financial figures were Community ($10B revenue from promotion, lost like $500M on that, with $800M due to a lawsuit settlement above share price tag volatility). Especially with the consumer development, they stood to most likely make about $250M in 2022.
As to the promotion meeting, very well, the lack of responses on moderation last summertime has turned into chaos after the offer closed — and that’s on Musk, he stated extremely publicly he preferred to adjust how twitter was moderated, but gave twitter no details when queried. Advertisers final 7 days questioned Musk how he reconciled “no modifications to moderation” with the enormous team cuts in the encounter of brand security, and Musk proceeds to block the chief of the promotion meeting who requested.
Twitter management did what it was intended to do … sold the company for $44B, about two times a sensible price. Inability to forecast Musk genuinely wasn’t element of their career this continuous 180 turning from Musk is quite considerably the sample of a narcissist and an abuser, possibly even a psychopath.
In any case, since they now have to spend an added billion or two of credit card debt assistance, and they’ve kneecapped their ad earnings with no way to get well devoid of firing the chief twit, individual bankruptcy is on its way. This even if they come across the best moderation algorithm at any time and roll it out tomorrow, perfectly.
Okay, but what was amusing past week? Turns out… it’s some more things about Elon Musk and Twitter! Thad took the initially location for the funniest remark by a ton responding to rojcowles comment on the put up about how Twitter underneath Musk may possibly be violating the FTC’s consent decree by suggesting a new Elon meme centered on an alleged quote from Musk’s particular attorney, Alex Spira, that “Elon puts rockets into space, he not worried of the FTC.” Thad jumped in with the winner:
Elon places rockets into space, he ain’t worried of no ghosts.
In some methods, what is even funnier is that later in the week, following that story and that comment came out, it was claimed that Elon truly was favourable that Twitter should have “ghost employees” on the reserve, and demanded an audit that Twitter workforce were being genuine people (and then fired the auditor!). So maybe he is frightened of some ghosts.
In 2nd position on the humorous side, we’re nonetheless swimming in Musky waters, as Chris O’Donnell showed up to respond to a remark from Diogenes on the tale about Twitter’s complications rolling out its new bluecheck system, that talked about his banning individuals for parody. Diogenes notes that “Musk bans parody, but he IS a parody,” major to this retort from Chris:
Possibly he didn’t want the opposition.
For editor’s option we had a whole lot of very funny comments to choose from, but we’ll commence with a remark from ThatOtherOtherGuy on the put up about Twitter and the FTC consent decree, in which there were reviews that Twitter was the two desperately making an attempt to use again some of the people and telling engineers they required to “self-certify” that what they had been accomplishing did not violate the consent decree (which is not at all how it functions), the comment speculated how that all went down:
Make sure you appear back!
Welcome back to Twitter! BTW, make sure you sign this document. What is it? Oh, hardly ever mind, just some routine paperwork. Surely almost nothing that would expose you to criminal prosecution.
Aaaaaaaand, at last, we experienced a remark from… wait… [checks notes]… “Mike Masnick (confirmed)”… uh…. saying a manufacturer new Techdirt attribute that I undoubtedly was not knowledgeable of:
New Techdirt Functions Announcement
Just want to give absolutely everyone a heads up, Techdirt will before long be introducing an ‘Official Techdirt Icon’ on people commenters that obtain funniest / most insightful remark of the week far more than 2 times in a calendar calendar year (icon can also be bought for $8 / month via my patreon)
I guess considering that that arrived from a “verified” account it should be true. I expect it to be live inside a week or we’ll fireplace the workforce applying it.
Which is all for this 7 days!