Social media has become a central tool for governments to shape political events

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

by: Robert Jonathan
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Among the social media platforms, Twitter has developed an outsized influence on the media and political echo chamber in the U.S.

When an event or a term starts trending on Twitter, it almost instantly makes national, if not international, news headlines.

Unfortunately it has also routinely devolved into a forum for virtue signalling by Trump-hating members of prominent media outlets as well as the social justice warrior contingent. As an aside, it’s ironic that so many male liberal journalists, who generally function as stenographers for the left generally and feminism in particular, have been caught up in sexual harassment scandals. Many of these same reporters and pundits — who Instapundit‘s Glenn Reynolds has often described as Democrat operatives with bylines — blasted President Trump for his alleged sexism and criticized the GOP for its mythical war on women.

In the absolute monarchy of Oman, however, Twitter has supposedly become a way to empower citizens in the way they interact with and get action from the government, according to a blog post by the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K.

Following the Arab Spring, citizens of the Persian Gulf state of Oman became aware of Twitter’s potential and decided to adopt it as a platform for addressing social problems, rather than instigating revolutions… Twitter becomes a two-way communication channel for working towards social change, not just a one-way broadcast for promoting celebrities or for delivering government pronouncements… Our research revealed that Omani citizens found Twitter to be “empowering”… Use of Twitter has led to greater transparency and accountability in public sector departments and swifter resolution of issues, which citizens are happy about.

Women do not have full equal rights in Oman, and apparently some kinds of personal travel are frowned upon in that culture, but “Twitter also allows women to get their issues resolved without visiting government department offices,” the post added.

While Twitter in the U.S. can be an effective tool for communication of various kinds and across the ideological spectrum, it has been accused of de-verifying, suspending, or shadow banning Trump supporters and others on the right and throttling tweets and hashtags that don’t fit within a leftist, politically correct worldview. At the same time, it seldom if ever suspends liberals when they engage in hate speech or bullying. Twitter is poised to implement new rules on December 18 meant to sweep out abusers and hateful, threatening conduct, but could also be used to suppress legitimate and peaceful political dissent. Given these parameters, some present and former Twitter users are gravitating toward free-speech alternative

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