Users of the popular social media site Twitter know that "trending" topics, or
popular topics that are being "tweeted" about often on the site, are typically
accompanied by "hash tags" that help better categorize and popularize them.
Tweets about natural health, for instance, may contain "#naturalhealth" in their
descriptors, in order to help popularize the topic. And over the weekend, an
outpouring of tweets against politicians in Washington, DC, erupted, which
caused the hash tag "#f*&%youwashington" (except without the special
characters, of course) to become a popular trending topic.
Jeff Jarvis, a professor of journalism from the City University of New York, a
wildfire of online outrage against things like government bailouts, rigged
elections, the spiraling economy, universal healthcare, the escalating police
state, loss of freedom and liberty, and even the subsidization and open support
of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), began suddenly on July 23, and
continues to this day
Twitter user tweeted "[#f*&%youwashington] for giving multinational
companies all of the benefits (legal, $) and leaving the citizenry all the costs
(enviro, $)," while another tweeted, "[#f*&%youwashington] for allowing
media bias and corporate lobbyist [sic] to decide the agenda. Where is
Concerning GMOs, one person tweeted
"[F*&%youwashington] for unleashing the horrors of #Monsanto into our lives
and continuing to do so. Let's go organic, go local, get real!" Another tweeted
"[#f*&%youwashington] for allowing the illegal Federal Reserve to steal our
wages!", following by a shorthand version of the hash tag "#FYW."
the public outcry against Washington first began on
Twitter, many users have added Twitter as a target of their retorts as well,
citing allegations that the social media site is openly censoring their tweets
from the trending topic list. And after reviewing the Twitter feed of posts for
ourselves, it is clear that Twitter is actively removing the
"#f*&%youwashington" hash tag from its archives, as a message stating "Older
Tweet results for [#f*&%youwashington] are unavailable."