A new Twitter app encourages people to 'fight disinformation' by blocking over 800 New York Times reporters.
"It's time to block," reads an introductory tweet from @blocknyt (www.blocknyt.com). "Twitter users have begun mass-blocking New York Times-linked accounts to control the flood of corporate disinformation online."
"For a limited time, block 800 NYT reporters for the low price of $0," the tweet continues.
It's time to block.— Block the New York Times (@blocknyt) February 8, 2021
Twitter users have begun mass-blocking New York Times-linked accounts to control the flood of corporate disinformation online.
Now, a new app automates the process. For a limited time, block 800 NYT reporters for the low price of $0. https://t.co/P0MuarxDRJ
When one visits the blocknyt.com website, created five weeks ago, they're greeted with several mock articles detailing the Times' failings.
"The New York Times Company now faces an economic and reputational reckoning. Employees are revolting, traffic is plummeting, colleagues are scathing, and readers are blocking," reads one teaser.
"Cade Metz and Pui-Wing Tam, senior employees of the New York Times Company, set out to intentionally reveal the identity of a private citizen against his will. An outcry ensued, and the paper backed down, but the damage was done," reads another.
Once authorized, the app automatically blocks the journalists - and then tells you that you can uninstall it.
Fyi you can pull access right after too, it's very slick. pic.twitter.com/LLPEgrS2lm— joey (@JoeyTweeets) February 8, 2021
Some Twitter users thought it was such a great idea, they want one for other mainstream media journalists.
I think this would be worth a bounty @balajis— N*keTheGOPBronson (@AgainstGop) February 8, 2021
- replicating this tool for other Self Appointed Outlets/Legacy Journalists
- implementing @antoniogm 's depth first search block; maybe block everyone who liked/promoted @TaylorLorenz 's worldview with a like or rt
Caveat emptor: We have no idea who's behind the app, nor what they do with the permissions given upon installation.