For political junkies like myself on Twitter #cdnpoli has been our home for some time. It is where we go to gather, discuss and argue the issues of the day, however that is becoming increasingly impossible of late as the hashtag has been taken over by pornbots.
So in the end a space where citizens, journalists, academics and politicians could discuss the issues of the day among themselves has been stolen from us. Now while some feel this is a result of a direct attack on political speech I'm not so sure. To me it is likely a case of the spammers attaching themselves to a popular tag. However in the end the result is the same, our right to free speech has been curtailed. That this has happened at the hands of a bunch of pornographers, a group whose very existence relies on that very right is both ironic and tragic.