With protest movements growing around the globe, it is more important than ever that online platforms use their vast influence for the common good. The “neutrality” of algorithms has been debunked again and again, and yet they are still the driving force behind serving content to users. We can do better.
Opaque rule-books and lack of community power mean that rather than taking direct action to remove hostile elements, users are forced to flood the system with false positives. Black activists continue to be silenced by Facebook moderators. The news cycle repeats itself throughout the years without any substantial changes being made. We can do better.
When the President of the United States called for violence by invoking a phrase originally used to threaten racially-motivated police brutality in the 1960s, Twitter’s response was to put up a warning, and Facebook’s was complicit inaction.
Would the statement have remained if users were polled? We’ll never know.
Given the recent revelations that Facebook executives welcomed social divisiveness in the name of higher engagement, the answer may well be yes. We can do better.
Twitter has shirked responsibility by claiming that change is impossible due to political bias affecting “right wing” accounts. It is our contention that racism has no political affiliation, and this is a weak excuse to uphold the status quo. We can do better.
WT.Social makes the following commitments:
- To amplify BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) voices on our platform by hosting discussions and Q&As on a long-term basis
- To create an actively anti-racist platform
- To ensure that BIPOC are equally represented in the moderation of our platform to help foster an inclusive environment.
Together, we can do better.
Black Lives Matter.