Porn Filters Save Dominic Cummings From Additional Heap of Shame

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The least popular outside advisor since Yoko Ono was saved additional online shaming by the social networks’ automatic pornographic filters, which decided that they did not want to fill their sidebars up with variations on the name Cummings.

Hence the outside observer may have thought the Twitter outrage was perpetuated by the illiterate, seeing as misspelt hashtags became popular during and after the man’s bizarre statement. No, the people can spell Cummings, it’s just that the algorithm blocked it and therefore only became aware of the misspellings it allowed through – amplifying those and suggesting them instead when people began typing.

Mind you, it didn’t help out Dominic that much, as it meant people were forced to make up their own hashtags to corral their rages, such as CumGate, which isn’t particularly flattering. You wouldn’t want to be at the centre of a CumGate. Or maybe you would? I don’t know. We haven’t done a reader survey for a while. Wouldn’t be allowed nowadays anyway. Not unless it was family members. I’ll stop typing now. [Guardian]

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