Uh oh JDI - Here we go again, both of us on another bit thread!
OP - I do not find twisted bits to be as bad so long as they are thicker and properly made. I like a twisted dogbone bit, or a Myler twisted comfort snaffle. I do have a regular twisted snaffle bit, but it has less obviously twisted and the mouthpiece is bigger, therefore does not apply discomfort as a small twisted or a tiny jointed bit would.
It's all about how you use your hands. My mare has been riding in a dogbone twisted combo for months, never once has she shown any discomfort or signs of pain, actually she is quieter in it than in any other bit and she salivates to the point of soaking her own breastcollar. She never did that with anything else. I do not find twisted bits cruel. I mean, I would enver give the bit to someone looking to ride with constant heavy contact or to someone that pulls. In fact, if I have a lesson kid who pulls, I put my horse in a halter and tell them good luck.
In the right hands however, I find twisted bits to be fine. Just remember you don't have to have as much contact on a twisted bit.