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Twitter is just now experimenting with 280-character tweets instead of 140-character ones. Stephen Colbert saw the humour in doing this and tweeted:

The Twitterati will have more room to express itself. But this also gives hate groups and hateful individuals room to do disproportionately more damage.

The increase is also not sustainable. When 280 characters is not enough, is Twitter going to increase the quota again? It might cite its research on the numbers game and say no. But does it have research on the hate and vitriol that some individuals or groups receive regularly?

When these individuals or groups report these incidents, they are largely ignored or swept under the carpet. What data does it have on how often this happens?

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When Twitter defended Trump’s veiled tweeted threat to destroy North Korea, what data did it use to call the tweet newsworthy? It probably played the numbers game (views, favourites, retweets) instead of considering what was ethical.

It is easier to increase the tweet character limit and to cite tweet counts. These implementations are lines of code and a superficial analysis away. It is more difficult to do what is right.

Doing what is right means drawing a line on the ground and not crossing it. What is right or wrong may change with time and context, but the need to keep drawing those lines does not. People need to know where you stand.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics probably had the interests of kids in mind when they recommended that parents limit the amount of mobile screen time.

The policy is aimed at all kids, including those who use smartphones, computers and other Internet-connected devices. It expands the academy’s longstanding recommendations on banning televisions from children’s and teens’ bedrooms and limiting entertainment screen time to no more than two hours daily.

Under the new policy, those two hours include using the Internet for entertainment, including Facebook, Twitter, TV and movies; online homework is an exception.

But I wonder if they also have recommendations on limitations on TV watching and homework (both the necessary and unnecessary kind).

Did similar associations, if they existed the era of landline phones, Walkmans, and wireless radios, recommend kids not talk so much, rock out too often, or listen too much?

If I am to get snarky about the recommendation, I might add that I am relieved that the two hour limit does not include online homework. After all, some of the homework might actually be flipped and kids need to process content for class.

But heaven forbid that the homework be fun, entertaining, or leverage on collaboration via social media. Those things might just fall under the harmful and time-wasting category of activities.

I am not worried that there actually is a recommended two-hour “dose”. Reasonable parents will realize they need to parent and set limits that they determine with their kids. I am worried that other parents will take the two-hour limit as gospel truth.

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