Twitter is a company, that runs a communication service. They are profiting from the President-elect publishing the following message:
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.
This is one in a string of moments like those in Dr. Strangelove that no one tried to prevent, but leads us off a cliff. Because here’s the deal: if the President-elect is posturing as a strongman authoritarian figure to their base, that is leaving the majority of voters fearing for the future. We didn’t want this, and nuclear proliferation is the most dangerous privilege the role of President comes with.
Twitter as a service provides the President-elect the seemingly invulnerability that comes with any confidence scheme: anything said there can be played with, denied or reinforced, and never taken seriously by a quorum.
Perhaps the most gratifying and successful move would be for Trump supporters to contact their representatives and express their concern for the cavalier attitude in which they are publishing opinions.
I don’t know how to reach those folks. If I were a Republican politician I would be coordinating with my party to reign in the impractical and disastrous communication that remains unaccountable and harmful.
While I don’t know Trump supporters, I do know people that use Twitter, and here is what I am telling you: stop using Twitter. All of you.
For most of the people I know on Twitter, it won’t be hard to justify: most of you are women, and Twitter (the company) does you no favors. There are safer places to connect with your networks. I will be happy to assist in anyway I can.
And if you happen to have the ability, lack of obligation and will to leave, make it known why you are leaving: because Twitter empowers Trump to scare the world without accountability. Make a hashtag or something. Email their support. Let this company that has taken your focus and time and given you fake news and bigotry at scale, let it know that you don’t think a company should empower a demagogue. Let it know that nuclear proliferation and climate change is fucking serious, and you won’t let this one company profit while announcing the end of the world.