Twitter: A desolate wasteland

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Twitter on the homescreen of a phone.

It’s no secret that Twitter, the text-based social media platform, is one of the largest social media sites in the modern era.

With close to 400 million users, this social media platform definitely has a lot of traction and influence.

With all of these users, you can come to expect that there will be many different things in the general discussion on this app that could lead to potentially positive experiences.

Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.

Twitter singlehandedly has the most problematic, toxic, and genuinely destructive userbase of any of the current social media titans.

We will be reviewing things that have been all too common as of late with the culture of Twitter.

Doxxing

Doxxing is the act of gathering personal information on someone using various means and then releasing it onto the internet.

Twitter has a very prevalent and recurring problem with large influencers doxxing people who have been deemed deserving enough.

One of the more recent and well-known doxxing attacks of people was done by Skai Jackson, an actress who was 18 years old at the time.

In a series of Tweets, Jackson asked her followers to find and send examples of people committing racist behavior online.

She would then gather all of the information she could on them, like what school they went to, their full name, where they worked, and other family members’ names.

This information would then be posted for all 700 thousand of her Twitter followers to see.

This caused a major controversy and ultimately ruined dozens of people’s lives.

Canceling

The act of canceling is publicly outing someone (usually on Twitter) with the direct intent of defaming their character.

This will typically include screenshots of various material that paints the person in a bad light.

This has been becoming more and more popular as of late, due to there generally being more tension among people and the culture changing like it is.

There are many cases of canceling on Twitter, but the most recent and memorable one was the canceling of Scott Cawthon, the creator of the horror video game franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s. 

After Twitter defamed him, he made a statement and stepped down from making games altogether.

Attitude

Twitter’s userbase, in general, is very hostile.

The users often become the worst versions of themselves, acting in a way that often disregards the most simple courtesies and logical thinking processes.

It’s found that the Twitter user hivemind will mob the people they disagree with, and often call for them to end their lives and tell them that they are worthless.

These acts are extremely common and growing with frequency, to the point where Twitter users are starting to avoid bans by using letters and characters (even from different languages) to spell words that won’t be picked up by Twitter’s filters.

This toxic behavior continues to grow worse and worse with every passing day that Twitter exists.

Conclusion

Overall, Twitter as a platform has in many ways been a net negative on the world and the people in it.

People committing acts of doxxing, canceling, and the attitude they use all contribute to the cesspool that is Twitter.