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The Troubling Rise of Anti Semitism on $TWTR and in American #Politics

Faced with the troubling rise of anti semitism in Europe it now appears the hate has made the jump across the ocean with the help of @jack and Twitter.

Kristen V. Brown of Fusion reports that,

Twitter has failed at controlling horrifying anti-Semitism

The constant flow of troubling anti semitical attacks on Jewish reporters is troubling, as is the rise of actually hateful propaganda and imagery intended to instill fear in what is a tiny minority of people.

However, I also find that far from failing to control the hateful rhetoric, they actively perpetuate it given Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s active embracing of #blacklivesmatter.

One has to wonder if Jack Dorsey is himself not a closeted anti semite.

Jonathan Greenberg wrote in the Washington Post that,

“In its new platform, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has, despite the total lack of relevance to its own agenda or interests, thrown whatever heft it has behind the anti-Semitic movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel. In doing so, it is inarguably contributing to the campaign to “other” the world’s only Jewish state and, with it, the Jews themselves.”

Given CIA’s testimony that Twitter is NOT helping as much as they could with the rise of ISIS, and the transmission of open threats, including attempting to hire a hitman on twitter by one Islamic user of twitter, I can only surmise that Jack pretty much despises the United States and his customers.

 

And while few brave voices like Louise Mensch of Heat Street and Kristen V Brown speak out about the troubling rise of anti semitism, many other prominent or smaller, but newly influential voices on the right who proclaim to be Zionists openly embrace anti semite networks to further their own right wing politics goals.

It’s sad to know that the Center of American politics is shrinking.

Don’t fall for the current rhetoric.  The Constitution is a centrist document that allows all voices.

We allow the voices so we can hear the threat, and react.  As well as have vigorous debate in the public square.

Silencing public voices merely drives the threat underground, where it can bubble up far stronger than ever thought.

They are bubbling up now.   Thanks, Jack.

 

 

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The Internet “Sharing Economy”

While professional journalists such as Kristen V Brown attend meetings where unionizing is discussed at professionally run internet based news sites there exists a darker, seedier underbelly of the internet.

 

Many sites that are starting out essentially rely on volunteer labor.

Volunteers not only write much of the content you consume on a regular basis, but form the backbone of the economic engine of growth for those websites.

Despite the lack of formal employment, or employment protections young people looking to break into journalism flock to these sites and submit articles for the hope of exposure.

Thus, as the news and media profession (and thus economy) moves online it’s time for basic employment protections for those volunteers who labor under often callous leadership of these websites.

The more predatorial of the sites prey on college students eager for exposure even as they mock them in slack chats and other “team chat” sites where often unscrupulous, older “staff” or “management” heap abuse on the young, unchecked by inexperienced “President’s” and “CEO’s”.

Congress regulates interstate commerce and should act to protect not just our nations citizens, but people worldwide from predatory practices.