Category Archives: social media

Tuesday: Hili dialogue – cats & Twitter

by Grania It’s the birthday of Twitter (2006). I love and hate it, sometimes at the same time. Depending on who you choose to follow – sometimes as a pure voyeur – it can be an echo chamber or a place of discovery or a place of facepalming frustration. It also is far from balanced in […]

Former atheist Mark Zuckerberg goes backwards, finds God

Because there are so many more religious believers than atheists, even if the rates of conversion to and fro were equal you’d still get more believers becoming atheists than the other way round. (Eventually, though, the numbers would be equal.) But the rates aren’t really equal: it seems that the rate of loss of belief […]


A sort of landmark to me, though of course these figures are completely arbitrary and touting them is a bit pathetic. But I’m human! Anyway, since I don’t write here for money, I might as well write to catch people’s ears. My avatar is, of course, Princess Hili. Although I don’t formally follow anyone (no […]

More about Milo and his Twitter ban: he was worse than I thought

I don’t want this to become a “drama site,” so I won’t post more than this on the Ghostbusters/Leslie Jones/Milo kerfuffle. Besides, I want to write about honeyguides. But I want to note that, in view of new information, I’ve changed my mind about the injustice of giving Milo Yiannopoulos a life sentence in Twitter Jail. […]

Two tweets about the Milo kerfuffle

One from Dave Rubin: Indeed it is. And one from Maajid Nawaz:

On Ghostbusters, Leslie Jones, and the duty of Twitter

Everybody knows by now that Twitter has permanently suspended the account of conservative Breitbart editor and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. His crime? Supposedly triggering a storm of abuse directed at actor Leslie Jones, one of the four stars of the new Ghostbusters movie. And as you also know, that movie has been extremely polarizing, largely because it’s […]

More ridiculous Facebook banning

Yesterday I wrote about how Melissa Chen, a moderate of the Global Secular Humanist Movement (GSHM) Facebook page, was temporarily banned from Facebook—put in “Facebook Jail”, as she called it—for calling Pakistani men “dumb” who tried to silence criticism of the honor killing of Pakistani model/singer/activist Qandeel Baloch. This demonstrates Facebook’s well known double standard when it […]

Facebook’s hypocritical double standards put egg on its face

Does anyone at Facebook really care about policing its “community standards” in an equitable way? They allow the worst sort of Der Stürmer-ish anti-Semitism, but regularly ban Zionist sites. And now they’ve removed a post from the Facebook page of my friend Melissa Chen, secular activist and a moderator of the Global Secular Humanist Movement […]

That’s my boy!

A tw**t from Matthew Cobb to the New Yorker:

With great relief, Stephen Fry leaves Twitter

I used to use Twi**ter only to post links to pieces that appeared on this site, but then I expanded a bit, posting articles I found interesting but had no time to write about. (My model for this was Steve Pinker, a most judicious Tweeter.) And, very rarely, I’ve tw**ted to someone, but only once or twice (one P. […]