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Tom Coates
Personal account of Tom Coates - Design & Product for Digital - Planetary, Thington, BBC, Yahoo! Brickhouse, Time Out.
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Tom Coates 4h
A better solution would be a larger number of communities each free to have their own community standards. To some extent that exists already, which provides you with the opportunity to go and spend time on Parler instead if you don’t like twitter.
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Tom Coates 4h
But of course you haven’t thought through any of the implications of what you’re suggesting, because you’re so convinced that any kind of moderation at all is an assault on right-wing views.
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Tom Coates 4h
As a position it makes absolutely zero sense, and if the government then started mandating under what circumstances it would be okay for them to ban people it would the be making laws explicitly to limit free speech, which would be a first amendment violation.
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Tom Coates 4h
It would also mean that any church that ran a message board would not be able to stop satanists publish on it, that any site for veterans would not be able to ban people who mocked or attacked them, and communities for Jewish people would have to welcome in Nazis.
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Tom Coates 4h
That position means that harassment, attacks, child pornography, the publishing of people’s home address or social security numbers, threats of violence, terrorist propaganda, explicit Nazis, revenge pornography would all be commonplace.
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Tom Coates 4h
Well none of what you said reflects what I believe at all, so if you find it confusing I’m afraid you only have yourself to blame.
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Tom Coates 4h
Replying to @minor9th @philgyford
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Tom Coates 5h
Replying to @MaxPow3r11
Look in a mirror. Imagine that person didn’t hate you and lived outside your house. That’s a friend.
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Tom Coates 5h
Just had a lovely and unexpected two hour chat with lovely old friend in the UK and now I’m feeling more positive and cheerful than I have in weeks. Friends are good.
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Tom Coates 5h
Yeah, I mean. If you need to believe that to feel important or valuable, then I’m not going to disabuse you of it. But reality is going to catch up with you pretty soon, I’m afraid. Have a nice evening.
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Tom Coates 5h
I mean we literally can’t go outside and see people, so maybe this isn’t the ideal time for that.
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Tom Coates 5h
No I don’t at all. I think the crew at Facebook are doing material harm to society in a whole range of ways. But the answer is not for them to have less control over their communities, it’s for there to be more diverse communities with different standards.
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Tom Coates 5h
I mean, if you don’t like them, you could just leave?
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Tom Coates 5h
Replying to @BanditoJuan @tomtaylor
I think there’s honestly something quite fun about the idea of having text in sort of large post-its and being able to arrange them roughly on a big empty space and maybe snap them together or pull them apart - zoom in on them or out.
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Tom Coates 8h
We used to call this pseudonymity - ie. You have verifiably one account but it’s not using your name in public. It solves a lot of problems with abuse but is borderline impossible to do securely and reliably.
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Tom Coates 8h
After a couple of decades working around the space, I’m not sure it’s the answer.
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Tom Coates 8h
You know it hurts women with abusive husbands, people who have health conditions they’ve not told their employers or family, LGBT people who haven’t come out. And it means everything you’ve ever said you’re accountable forever, even if you make stupid mistakes.
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Tom Coates 8h
I mean it’s profoundly damaging to a lot of people who have things they want to talk about that they don’t want to be public, and there’s not a *lot* of evidence that it actually stops bad behavior, even though you’d think it would.
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Humanoid History 9h
“Lunar Orbiter is best described as an orbiting photographic laboratory.” NASA explains the amazing process of taking a 70mm photo in space and transmitting it back to Earth. From ‘Close-Up of the Moon: A Look at Lunar Orbiter,’ 1967.
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Tom Coates 9h
Dan’s an turtle hating asshole. I *knew* it.
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