Why Secular AZ Left Twitter

Greetings, Secular fam! I’m writing up a little supplemental Substack today to talk turkey about the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Secular AZ has been on Twitter Xitter for over a decade, and the app, despite problems over the years, was a (mostly) great place to build community and rally around causes for the common good. It didn’t necessarily bring out the best in everyone over the years…

…but it was great for breaking news and to promote events and issues to our followers. A friend once said that Facebook is where you find all the people you were stuck going to high school with, and Twitter is where you find all the people you SHOULD have gone to high school with.

Now, under the direction of the new owner of Xitter, it has become a place where bigots and extremists now seem to have an amplified presence without much fact-checking or oversight. Additionally, the new owner has removed some of the protections against hate speech, and the voices that encourage violence are getting louder.

Read the rest of this article on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.

Author: Jeanne Casteen, Secular AZ Executive Director

JEANNE CASTEEN has a bachelor’s degree in human communication and history from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU and a master’s in education, also from ASU. Jeanne has over 11 years of experience teaching in Maricopa County’s public schools. In 2011, Jeanne completed the Emerge Arizona program and in 2012 became a school board member of the Creighton School District. She served as Board President from 2016 through 2020. In 2020, Ms. Casteen ran for Maricopa County School Superintendent, and came within 12,000 votes of winning. She has been awarded the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award for Excellence in Advocacy and Political Contributions to Education as well as the Arizona School Board Association’s All-Arizona School Board Member Award.