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Nina Jankovich wants the blue checks on Twitter to edit your reality because you don’t care about them

Nina Jankovic, director of the new US Disinformation Governance Board, has big plans for social media. Is it because people are increasingly moving away from his type “Influencer”?

During a zoom call that went viral earlier this week, Djankovic – after complaining that “There are a lot of people [on Twitter] Those who should not be verified, those who are not valid in my opinion“- Suggested that verified person he finds “Valid” Should be able to edit other people’s tweets.

It’s easy to understand why Djankovic might feel a little power-crazy – he was named the head of the thing closest to the U.S. Department of Truth, after all. But Blue-Czech privileges a special group of insiders to primarily spray-paint their ideas. “Truth” Other users’ social media posts obviously didn’t go very well with many on the platform.

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Such a hostile takeover would completely change the character of Twitter, which seems to be Djankovic’s very wish, as billionaire owner Elon Musk warned on arrival that the platform would carry a storm of information and hate speech. Yet to outline his dream Twitter, he used the example of Wikipedia, a site that seems to like him especially as a place given his Twitter handle @wiczipedia. “Trusted” Types are free to annotate reality in the content of their hearts.

But Wikipedia is not a source of true and verified information. In fact, it doesn’t even pretend to be – the website carries a waiver stating that it wants to “Verifiability” Rather true, and that “Verifiability” This means the largest possible number. “Reliable Sources “ Agree on some facts. Wikipedia has been plagued by fraud since its inception, and although it is considered by many users to be a reliable source to itself, quoting it in an academic paper would ridicule a student from any serious university.

More importantly, Wikipedia is plagued by fierce conflict, as different parties fight for the right to be allowed to determine what – on the Internet, at least – is often taken as the last word of reality. Who decides what the source is “Reliable,” In many cases a handful of people are left to rule “Administrator” Small-handed-D is struggling to rein in that eruption of democracy even when (often) talking about Capital-D diversity.

Perhaps, Jankowicz believes that his MiniTru should play the same role on Twitter, deciding which Twitter users “Trusted” Enough to shoulder the responsibility of editing the tweets of millions of users. Blue Check has already been played with many accounts, in which he has found less than that “Valid” Does he suggest that every verified user be forced to re-verify themselves for their political views or those with whom they are associated? To pass an adherence test? Are you now, or have you ever been guilty of thinking unclean thoughts about our democracy?

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What Jankowicz and his ilk call “Reliable Sources” Rarely seen as such. Former President Donald Trump may have left Twitter and taken his speculation about the veracity of the 2020 election, but he has left behind millions of followers, many of whom carry their own blue checks and will not hesitate to start. “Note” If they think their speech has been threatened, post their names.

Not only have they been barred from doing so under the current system, but Twitter has already given a ham-fisted slap. “Data-testingControversial issues like Facebook and YouTube. At the same time, even the most “Trusted” Verified users are known to elicit some outcry in defense of truth, justice, and the American way of self-styling, such as Jankovic’s own insistence that it is now legitimate. “Laptops from Hell” Hunter Biden, a descendant of the president, did not actually have a computer, but some Russian troll firms had fantasies.

It would still be mildly annoying if it were a point of view held by Djankovic alone, given that the Biden administration, despite its imperfect ability to distinguish truth from fiction, gave him the power to declare what is and what is not. “Rumor.” But at this point there was an opinion taken by everyone “Valid” Blue-check on Twitter. Those who tried to post otherwise were briefly ‘de-platformed’. Anyone from anyone “Honorable” The publication was even allowed to re-examine the story and discover that it was not only true but even more disgusting than previously understood because the United States – at the time – did not have a truth ministry controlling all social media output.

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To make a point almost perfect, “Reliable sourcesIt could also be the name of a show hosted by CNN’s Brian Stelter, a man whose show and network seem to be engaged in a race to see who can quickly reach zero viewers through a similarly protracted display of irrelevance. Growing viewers for TV news’ “Reliable sources,” It is possible that Jankowicz, with his determination to turn Twitter into a bathroom wall of the Internet “Trusted” Users can only see the writing on the wall.

If he and her “Valid” Friends don’t force their opinions on everyday users ’Twitter feeds, the platform’s huge user base even has what it takes to take care of what they think? How can Americans be convinced of their inability to supply gasoline to any leader in half of the world or to their inability to act on medical decisions for people they have not met?

Twitter, and social media platforms in general are thought to be about conversation. If a government is so insecure in its own argument that it feels the need to protect its people from a competitive approach, there is nothing to prevent it from coming out with a better argument. Playing with dissent – and now with the government’s official support – only makes it painfully clear to those around the world who are seeing that the days of American freedom of speech are rapidly reverting to the past.

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