It’s time for a Twitter censorship dictionary.
Ripping a page from George Orwell’s 1984, Twitter censorship goes The Full Monty with the establishment of Miniluv (the Ministry of Love). Misleadingly designated as the “Twitter Trust & Safety Council,” the Thought Police plan to enforce politically correct orthodoxy through public shaming, unverification, suspension, or expulsion.
In Newspeak, Patricia Cartes (@Cartes), Twitter Head of Global Policy Outreach explains that MiniLuv is “a new and foundational part of our strategy to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.”
That statement omits the part where the only people who can feel safe expressing themselves are those who tweet groupthink propaganda.
Depending upon the severity of your politically incorrect offense, you may get off with a mere public shaming with progressive discipline for further sins. However, the arbitrary nature of emotionally-based safe spaces means that a single tweet that offends Big Brother can lead to a permanent ban.
This is a natural extension of Twitter’s ongoing harassment of dissenting views, such as those of libertine (and libertarian) Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
Although social media trends left, Twitter is marching so far in that direction that what one sees is the goose stepping of national socialism where opposing views are not tolerated on issues of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or even which politicians one can support for President.
Feel the Bern for Bernie Sanders? Miniluv will shower you with love.
Are you a Trumpeter for Donald Trump? Don’t tweet about your support or risk punishment.
To help you not run afoul of the Thought Police, here are a few unofficial Miniluv definitions (pending approval by Minitrue).
Bullying – any tweet that offends a member of an approved victim class. See Harassment.
Free Speech – Twitter censorship
Global Policy Outreach – Corporatespeak for a Twitter department that should be eliminated as bloat.
Harassment – anything that offends a member of an approved victim class. See Bullying.
Hierarchy of Victims – If both parties self-identify as a victim, a politically correct hierarchy is used to determine who is the true victim and who is the aggressor. This hierarchy is flexible and depends upon factors such as the parties’ race, gender orientation, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and political views.
NitTwit – See Patricia Cartes (@Cartes).
Safe Space – A social media platform that stifles dissenting views on the grounds that such censorship protects self-identified victims. See Twitter.
Thought Police – The Trust & Safety Council’s enforcers of approved Newspeak.
Trust & Safety Council – See Ministry of Love (Miniluv) in George Orwell’s 1984.
Twitter – A social media platform that’s jumped the shark with doublethink.
Victim – A self-identified victim of bullying or harassment. Such victims often identify as a social justice warrior (SJW).
How should you handle Twitter censorship?
If punished for speaking truth to power by the Tweet Police, walk away with pride that you didn’t sacrifice who you are on the altar of political correctness.
Just because Twitter censorship exists doesn’t mean you have to comply if you’re willing to walk away and play in one of the other social media ballparks that doesn’t act like Big Brother.