Instagram, which has been policing and cutting short the DJ sets, permits users to play short music clips but prohibits full songs, as that violates its terms with music publishers and labels.
Questlove responded to the move with a post on Instagram: “These are unprecedented times. The entire world is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. DJs are heroes. They are providing essential services and calm . . . I’m begging y’all to lift these music restrictions for now.” He encouraged followers to find him on “YouTube & FB & Twitch,” where he’s also been streaming, if he’s tossed from Instagram.
Swizz Beatz warned during one of his popular “Verzuz” battle shows, “No longer than 90 secs please.”
An Instagram insider said: “Our goal is definitely not to cut off anyone . . . We’ve been inspired by how it’s brought people to the platform and we’re hoping people stay to continue to use the platform and respect the terms of our agreement with the rights holders.”
Both Twitter and Facebook is a private company and can decide what’s published on its platform.
On Tuesday Twitter decided it would flag Trump’s tweets for “misinformation,” beginning with his rants against mail-in voting.
“Fact-Checking” services of social-media giants such as Facebook are more about stifling the conversation than the truth. One day’s conspiracy theory can turn into another day’s investigative report, and vice versa. Most of all, it’s a patronizing, liberal form of engineering — deciding that readers can’t judge for themselves.