What if the public speech on Facebook and Twitter is more akin to a conversation happening between two people at a restaurant?
What Is Public?
Anil Dash
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This sentence is interesting for me because I’ve seen a very firm split between what “public” means on Facebook vs Twitter alone, due partly to Facebook having variable privacy settings and partly to the kind and volume of posts each medium encourages. So even “…on Facebook and Twitter”, in practice, describes two very different subtypes.

This is relevant to me personally because I’ve seen people defending a certain person’s several-hundred-word antisemitic rants on Facebook set on public as ephemeral, “private Facebook posts” — which I feel goes the other way: public status on Facebook is more of a deliberate choice than it is on Twitter, or in a park. Which doesn’t mean the person was made a public figure in this way the same way, say, a politician is; but it’s been an interesting trial to see people apparently subscribe to the “press conference or secret locked room”-style binary model of what is public and put Facebook on the latter side.

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