Should Pols Block On Twitter?

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  • #741243 Reply

    Bob LeDrew

    Noted that our esteemed chief magistrate has decided to no longer abide the Bulldog in his Twitterverse.

    In principle, I don’t think politicians should block on Twitter, with the exception of clear cases of harassment, racism, hate speech, and the like.

    Of course, given the embarrassing display our mayor engaged in today, sniping at Alex Cullen with all the maturity of a fraternity brother in the first week of September, the bulldog may never have had it so good.

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    #741260 Reply

    Marre

    If the person paid for the device that runs twitter out of their funds, not office funds, not taxpayer funds, then they can use it as they see fit.
    A lot can be learned about a person from those private tweets.
    If it is paid for out of taxpayer money, then no blocking unless as mentioned it is hate speech, etc.

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    #741264 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Marre:

    As a taxpayer, I’m not very worried about the fractions of a penny that it costs to run the device that accesses Twitter.

    I’m not sure what constitutes ownership of a Twitter site but certainly the person with the password to it controls it.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #741270 Reply

    Bob LeDrew

    Given that a Twitter account is both free and independent of devices, I don’t see that as relevant. I can access it on my phone, my tablet, my desktop, using the twitter web site, its native app, or a twitter client. If a day job gave me a device, I could do the same on that. If I block on a personal device, I block. Surely the key is the role a given person is playing, not who pays for what means of access.

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    Marre

    Ken
    It is all those fractions of pennies that add up to a 0.5% increase:)!

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    #741274 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    That’s a lot of fractions, Marre.

    Bob LeDrew has a pretty good take on it below.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #741314 Reply

    Chaz

    I don’t think a politician should block anything. It used to be that any question could be asked and the pol answered. Even a ‘no comment’ is an answer. Shouldn’t be able to not allow the question.

    I guess too many are becoming Trumped. Love the praise but hate the critiques.

    skoal,
    Chaz

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    #741339 Reply

    Bob LeDrew

    Naw, if there’s criminal harassment going on, or someone bombarding a politician with hate speech, racism, or other obvious vileness, I think that’s a blockable situation. Differences of opinion or sharp-tongued critic? Nope.

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    #741371 Reply

    Marre

    Am aware that twitter is free.
    IMO, who pays for the computer, the phone, etc. does matter. If paid for by tax money, then tweets should be confined to matters related to the position held.
    To tweet otherwise, it all about entitlement, abuse of power, etc.

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    #741378 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Marre:

    I think you are making a big deal out of nothing.

    As well, the tweep can say they are keeping the public informed.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #741379 Reply

    Chaz

    Bob,
    I was responding to your question as you worded it.

    Your second para. eliminated hateful speech as an already established reasonable reason to block. I was; therefore,referring to blocking people like Ken who I would doubt was sending any hate,racism or vile tweets.

    As an aside, I would wonder if Moore would block questions about him being accused of molesting a 14 year old girl. Moore would probably think that that was a vile and hateful question.

    skoal,
    Chaz

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