[ExI] Twitter and free speech

Dave S snapbag at proton.me
Sat Dec 3 16:23:41 UTC 2022

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at 10:34 AM, BillK via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> But many people cannot get a credit card, so they would not be able to
> be verified.
> e.g. under age 18 or 21, insufficient income, poor credit history, etc.

Verification exists to enable users to distinguish between public figures and accounts spoofing them. The vast majority of public figures would have a credit card.

> Also, many people want or need to be anonymous for their own
> protection and to avoid all the intrusive tracking going on.
> Especially under authoritarian governments.

That doesn't apply to public figures. There are some public figures that either don't want to reveal their names (e.g., Banksy) and some who wouldn't be recognized by their legal name, but Twitter could verify those cases using some other mechanism.


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