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Dec 16 2011

Not to let the truth get in the way of a good story, but…

Twitter isn’t censoring #GodisnotGreat. Gizmodo explains:

Twitter uses an algorithm to determine what’s trending. It’s not human-edited. It famouslyvalues novelty over popularity. That makes it really really hard for trends to stay alive, as they essentially have to keep snowballing in order to keep trending. That’s why it’s called a trend!

A Twitter spokesperson verified that the company still does not censor trends. Even if the trend was really, really offensive (see the #ReasonsToBeatYourGirlfriend trending topic above) the company would not intervene.

So, while your theory is nice, Internet, it’s also wrong. You’re not being censored, you’re just dull.

Not that I don’t enjoy watching my fellow atheists lose their shit, but c’mon folks you’re making us look ridiculous and petty here.

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  1. 1
    Daniel Fincke

    If Twitter was in fact censoring, it would not be ridiculous and petty.

  2. 2
    Crommunist

    I disagree. It would be just as meaningful as all those other immortal trending Twitter topics like… uh… wait… oh yeah right nobody cares about Twitter trends. Every major news outlet in the world is carrying news of Hitchens’ death, and people whose main source of information is Twitter Trends probably don’t read books anyway. A book title not appearing on the right-hand column of a popular webpage is really, sincerely not something worth getting upset about.

  3. 3
    Crommunist

    I disagree. It would be just as meaningful as all those other immortal trending Twitter topics like… uh… wait… oh yeah right nobody cares about Twitter trends. Every major news outlet in the world is carrying news of Hitchens’ death, and people whose main source of information is Twitter Trends probably don’t read books anyway. S book title not appearing on the right-hand column of a popular webpage is really, sincerely not something worth getting upset about.

  4. 4
    Daniel Fincke

    If they were deliberately suppressing atheist trends because they were offending the religious, that matters, regardless of how many other outlets were not doing so.

  5. 5
    Crommunist

    Even if that was the case, I couldn’t summon any fucks to give. Also, it’s not “atheist trends”, it’s one particular atheist trend. I’d be more amused than upset if they did it.

  6. 6
    sqlrob

    No, it’s trends.

    Remember the No Gods merger?

  7. 7
    Crommunist

    Nope, which is kind of my point.

  8. 8
    N. Nescio

    Count me in the “not giving a shit about Twitter” camp. Didn’t care for it when I tried it in beta, haven’t bothered since.

    I prefer YouTube, as it has 3.57 times more inanity per post.

  9. 9
    Greg Laden

    So, that’s what they told you, eh?

  10. 10
    Midnight Rambler

    Of course, it’s what THEY want you to believe. When in fact the Twitmasters are following the directives of their Papist overlords.

  11. 11
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Last I heard, the goddists were complaining about being censored on Twitter. Now it’s the atheists?

    I have a hard time dealing with people who can use the word “trending” with a straight face, at least at that moment.

  12. 12
    Riptide

    According to our hell-bound friends at Buzzfeed, #GodIsNotGreat is very much a “trending topic”, and has elicited much wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst those humble lamb-like faith-heads. Who then threaten to murder the people who started the “trend” and their entire families, several times over.

    Thus rather proving the point, I would imagine.

  13. 13
    leonpeyre

    So, while your theory is nice, Internet, it’s also wrong. You’re not being censored, you’re just dull.

    Oops! I guess we got a little egg on our face with that one.

    Still, this sort of thing actually does go on in places with people doing deliberate censoring. So we had reason to suspect funny business, even if it turned out it was all smoke and no fire.

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