what was twitter thinking?
Today is World AIDS Day. In partnership with (Red), Twitter is automatically turning the words of any post with the word "Africa" in it red.
Twitter, this is a fail. It is downright offensive to equate the African continent to HIV/AIDS. It also ignores the fact that 1/3 of HIV/AIDS cases occur elsewhere, and that the likely future spread of this disease will be in China, India, and Russia.
I appreciate the effort at awareness-raising. It's good for more people to be aware that HIV/AIDS is a problem in our world. But ignoring the continent's beauty, diversity, positive steps towards development and prosperity, and - it must be noted - approximately 980 million Africans who do not live with HIV/AIDS is inexcusable.
*Update, Africa's population corrected to 980 million, not 780 million.
**AND that that number isn't 80% of the continental population, but rather closer to, what, 97 or 98%? I'm tired today.