What Jean-Jacques Rousseau can teach us about Twitter

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When a corporate will manages to masquerade as a general will, a society marked by entrenched inequality will find itself oppressed from within. " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-1024-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey proclaimed last October in aseries of tweets anticipating the platform’s ban on political advertising. Since big tech firms often overlook their exacerbation of social and political inequality, Dorsey’s proclamation is significant. Yet President Trump’s recent use of Twitter to undermine news reports on his impeachment investigation and tocondemn those testifying against him exemplifies the feeble and ineffective nature of Twitter’s new priorities.  In fact, a recent New York Times exposé suggests that the Trump administration’s capacity to assemble counter-narratives and attack adversaries rests specifically on its e
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