A number of smaller and previously obscure social media networking and micro-blogging services are reaping the benefits of the decision by Twitter to shut down US President Donald Trump’s account.
Mobile device-based services such as FFF, UPA, and YAC say they also totally oppose suggestions that services like theirs, Twitter, and others should be heavily regulated to enforce minimum standards of online behaviour.
A spokesperson for FFF, more commonly referred to by users as Triple-F, said membership of it and other lesser-known alternatives to Twitter had skyrocketed in the immediate aftermath of the US Capitol riots services.
“We’ve seen Twitter block Donald Trump and then alternatives like Parler – a favourite for far-right fans of Trump – being banned by Google and Apple from their app stores,” the spokesperson said.
“That means Triple-F and others are seeing many new members and subscribers.”
The spokesperson said FFF was established soon after Twitter arrived on the social media scene when investors saw the large unmet demand for a totally unmoderated service that allowed people to spread conspiracy theories and other dangerous ideas.
“The name FFF stands for Fact-Free Fuckwits and I must say it has lived up to its name,” the spokesperson said. “Like Twitter, FFF has always allowed complete idiots free rein which is what social media is all about really, isn’t it? So we can’t see the need for any more regulatory oversight at all.”
Another service, UPA or Unlimited Personal Abuse, said it had also experienced strong growth in the past week.
“People who have left Twitter because they can’t follow Donald Trump there have been looking for new avenues to freely abuse other people,” a UPA spokesperson said.
“We like to think that UPA provides a much-needed service – a forum where the completely uninformed can give vent to their wild and dangerous opinions while personally denigrating and violently abusing anyone who disagrees with them.
“Of course this sort of activity should never be regulated.”
YAC, or You’re All Cunts, said it attracted members who did not want to discuss or debate issues but preferred to go straight to ill-informed and vindictive personal attacks on other users.
“We attract subscribers who feel that Twitter is just too highbrow for them,” a YAC spokesperson said.
When asked about the potential for more regulation the YAC representative directed a torrent of abuse at The Bug’s reporter and ended the conversation, but not before also abusing our reporter’s parents and other family members despite them being completely unknown to the spokesperson.