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Please scroll down for the main topic of this newsletter. But first, I agree with Ethereum’s creator Vitalik Buterin on why Elon Musk’s ongoing takeover of Twitter is so important:
vitalik.eth @VitalikButerinThe largest consequence of Elon taking over Twitter may well be not any specific policy decision he makes, but rather the morale effect of his supporters feeling emboldened and his detractors feeling like they are arguing on enemy territory. This is happening already.
A writer I have often disagreed with has published a hostile but good analysis:
“Musk has explicitly said that buying Twitter is about ‘the future of civilization.’ . . . If you wonder why Musk wants to colonize Mars, this framework offers an answer: Because Mars is a planetary stepping-stone to the rest of the universe. Why does he want to plug our brains into computers via neural chips? Because this could ‘jump-start the next stage of human evolution.’ Why does he want to fix climate change? . . . because Musk doesn't want to risk a ‘runaway’ climate change scenario that could snuff out human life before we've had a chance to colonize Mars, spread to the rest of the universe, and fulfill our ‘vast and glorious’ potential.”
YES. My feelings exactly. This is my reply:
This is what Turing Church is all about.
So, now and until further notice Twitter is my favorite social network.
I said “until further notice” because the new Twitter is an experiment, and all experiments can go wrong. We’ll know more in a few months. In the meantime Elon Musk could withdraw from his agreement with Twitter. Or Twitter could withdraw. Or the regulators could interfere like they usually do or at least try. Or something else.
But I want to participate in this experiment. So I’ll be using Twitter much more, knowing that every single tweet is a small step toward our vast and glorious future among the stars.
Let’s come to the contentious issue: free speech and moderation. My heart is for much more free speech and much less moderation.
But I know that, without systematic moderation, a large social network will very soon and very quickly be colonized not only by spambots, but also by human trolls even worse than spambots.
So perhaps the way forward is not less moderation but more moderation. I would accept that, but only with the non-negotiable condition that all trolls are treated equally without partisan political bias.
In summary, I want a Twitter where all users can speak almost freely and the (probably inevitable) restrictions are enforced without partisan discriminations.
What should the restrictions be? I think we should follow the old adage “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words shall never hurt me.” I also think that, since any opinion can be expressed politely and respectfully, we should not allow personal insults. So this is my Twitter moderation proposal:
I have drafted a set of rules for the Turing Church community on Twitter. Of course the rules will be amended as needed, but I think this is a good starting point.